Tips for Every Home

Whether you are cooking, heating water, drying clothes or heating or cooling your home − natural gas is safe, efficient and reliable.

Follow these helpful tips for continued safe use and enjoyment of your appliances. If you'd prefer, this information is also available as a one page PDF. (Esta información de seguridad para el gas natural está disponible en español.)


appliancesHire a professional.
Always use a licensed professional to install or repair any gas appliances.

stoveLook for a clear blue flame.
A yellow or orange flame may indicate your burner is not burning efficiently.

fireplace-remoteGas fireplace? Keep people, pets, clothing and furniture away.
Turn off after use, or when you’re not in the room.

space-heaterTurn off your space heater before bed or leaving the house.
If you notice lint buildup in your space heater, contact a professional to clean it.

stoveNever use a gas oven or range top as a space heater.
Using a gas appliance the wrong way can cause deadly carbon monoxide. If the power goes out, bundle up in layers of clothes and blankets instead.

water-heaterKeep your water heater at 140° F or less.
Get an annual inspection by a licensed plumbing, heating contractor or cooling contractor.

co-detectorInstall a carbon monoxide detector.
Make sure fuel-powered appliances are properly vented so CO doesn’t build up.

fireplace-chimneyKeep flues and chimneys clean and clear.
Have your heating contractor make sure they’re not blocked.

snowflakeAlways keep meters and vents clear.
Carefully remove snow and ice with a broom or by hand. Never shovel or kick your gas meter, as it can cause damage.

paper-stackDon’t stack flammables near furnaces.
Water heaters, ranges and dryers, too. Flammables include paper, wood, cleaning fluid, glue, gasoline, varnish, paints, curtains and rags.