A Safety Message from the City of Mesa’s Energy Resources Department
MAKE A RESOLUTION THAT WILL HELP YOU TO HAVE 12 MONTHS OF SAFETY
Energy safety is not only one of the easiest resolutions to make and keep, it is one of the most beneficial resolutions to help you protect and enjoy all the comforts of your surroundings. Whether at work or at home, a resolution to use energy safely is a way to help keep the New Year happy.
Maintaining your natural gas appliances is the best way to safeguard your home from a natural gas accident. Always put safety first when using natural gas appliances of any kind. Your natural gas flame should be blue with a hint of yellow near the tip; a yellow flame indicates incomplete combustion and is potentially dangerous. Call a qualified contractor if you suspect your appliances are not operating properly.
Natural Gas Safety Tips…
- Have your gas appliances installed and serviced by qualified industry professionals.
- Follow manufacturers’ instructions for the care and use of gas appliances and equipment.
- Inspect and replace if necessary, all gas appliances, connectors, furnaces, vents, flues, chimneys, and gas lines to your home.
- Never use your stove or oven for heating your home.
- Replace your furnace air filters monthly throughout the heating season.
- If you suspect your furnace may have a leak or a cracked heat exchanger, have the unit professionally serviced to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Make sure your fireplace damper is always open during operation.
- Never operate gasoline powered engines or charcoal grills in closed garages, basements, or buildings.
- Keep the area surrounding natural gas appliances clear of clutter, flammable objects and flammable liquids. This includes: gasoline, kerosene, propane or butane bottles and/or cylinders.
- Never use flammable solvents or cleaning agents on or around an operating gas appliance.
- Teach everyone in your household how to identify the smell of natural gas and what to do if they smell gas.
If you smell gas (rotten egg smell), hear the sound of escaping gas (hissing noise), or suspect a line break, leave the area and call 480-644-4277(GASS) or 911. For additional information on natural gas safety, visit mesaaz.gov/energy.