We all want our homes to be a safe place for our families, so why not take the steps to eliminate any potential hazards? According to Enbridge Gas Distribution, we can learn how to use natural gas safely in our homes in just 6 seconds. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Book an Inspection
All fuel-burning equipment including the furnace and gas fireplaces, should be inspected once a year by a certified heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor to ensure they’re working safely and efficiently.
Check CO Alarms
Take the time to test your CO alarms once a month. Replace batteries once a year, including back-up batteries for plug-in alarms.
Clear the Meter
Check your natural gas meter, regulator and appliance exhaust vents for snow and ice. If needed, use a broom or car brush to gently clear them. Use caution when shoveling or using a snowblower to prevent damage.
Teach your Kids
Make sure everyone in your home knows that a natural gas leak smells like rotten eggs. All family members should know to leave the area immediately and call their gas utility.
Create a Phone List
Post emergency numbers, including the doctor, fire and utilities, by every phone in your home and program these numbers into every cell phone for use in case of an emergency.
More home safety tips are available online at sixsecondsafety.com.