A Safety Message from the City of Mesa’s Energy Resources Department : Tis the Season to Be Safe!
|Tis the Season to Be Safe!COMFORT, CONVENIENCE, AND WARMTH….MADE POSSIBLE BY THE SAFE USE OF ENERGY Cold winter months usually mean an increase in the use of both fuel burning and electric heating appliances, including portable devices. Here are a few tips to help keep you safe and warm!|
- ALWAYS follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using a heating appliance of any type;
- If you have a natural gas furnace or other gas appliances, make sure everyone in your household knows the sights, sounds, or smell (rotten eggs) that may indicate a leak/emergency. Also make sure everyone knows what to do if an emergency occurs;
- If you have any fuel burning heating devices or systems, be aware of the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and install and maintain CO alarms;
- NEVER use devices not meant to heat a home such as your ovens or stove tops to “take the chill out”;
- Space heaters need space, all objects should be kept a safe distance away; and…
- NEVER leave an operating space heater unattended! Turn off or unplug the unit when not in use.
For additional home safety tips, visit mesaaz.gov/energy.
THE CITY OF MESA’S ENERGY RESOURCES DEPARMENT LAUNCHED NEW INTERACTIVE WEB SITE
Take an interactive journey into e-SMARTkids to engage your kid’s imagination with educational games and hands-on activities to use energy safely and responsibly at home and at school.
e-SMARTkids is 100% kid-friendly and 100% kid-safe and can be accessed at any time. Kids will learn where energy comes from, the travels of electricity and natural gas, and so much more. Have you ever wondered why birds can sit on power lines and not get shocked? Or why natural gas flames are blue? Or whether garbage could someday be a source of energy? Now you can get answers to these and all your energy-related questions. Just Ask an Expert!
Is your family saving energy at home? Does your family use electricity and natural gas safely? By using e-SMARTkids home inspection checklists, your family will be able perform home inspections to help identify energy inefficiencies or safety issues.
Teachers can also use e-SMARTkids as an instructional tool in the classroom. e-SMARTkids will enhance classroom learning through science education with standards-based learning using downloaded instructional guides and curriculum-based games and videos. Teachers can also sign-up to receive a FREE classroom presentation from City of Mesa Energy Resources personnel on how to use natural gas energy safely and responsibly.
The energy-use habits your kids develop when they are young will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Visit www.mesaaz.gov/energy to begin your journey.