Many homes across the United States have converted their homes to natural gas for clean and efficient heating and cooking. Natural Gas is relatively safe however, there are possible hazards that you should be aware of.
Carbon Monoxide gas is the main concern. Just like Oil Fired furnaces, carbon monoxide can build up in your home if your stove or furnace is not operating properly. The best and MOST important thing you can do is install Carbon Monoxide detectors in your home. Check with your local municipality as to their code standard but generally speaking, you should have a CO2 detector installed on every floor of your home and if your furnace is in the basement, one in the basement as well.
Another concern is a natural gas leak. Natural gas providers infuse an odor into the gas so a leak can be detected before a problem happens!
How do you reduce your risk?
1. Use your nose! If you ever detect even a small amount of the odor of “rotten eggs” in the air, don’t stay—get away. Leave your house immediately and call your natural gas provider from another phone after you are a safe distance away from your home. If you don’t know the number call 9-1-1.
2. Look for the blue flame. If pilot lights and burners have a steady, blue flame, they are operating correctly. (Decorative gas fire logs are the only exception. Their flame is usually yellow.)
3. Have all gas appliances, furnaces, vents, flues, chimneys and gas lines in your home or business inspected every year or two by Fossati Plumbing and Heating. We can schedule it on an annual basis for you so you never forget!
4. Keep the area around your stove and furnace clean and unobstructed.
5. Make sure that there is good ventilation in these areas.
6. Always use a licensed professional when installing new gas appliances. Don’t be afraid to check with your county or town offices to see if a professional’s license is valid. At Fossati Plumbing and Heating we make sure that we have all the proper licenses and insurance for your peace of mind.
Fossati Plumbing and Heating can inspect your gas lines, install lines for that new natural gas stove you just bought or help you upgrade to a natural gas heater for your home. We are only a phone call away (845) 228-5000.