Natural Gas Safety Tips

Natural Gas Safety Tips

Hot Water Safety

Water from the faucet can get hot enough to cause third-degree burns in seconds.

  • Set your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees F to prevent scalding and save energy, per EPA recommendations.
  • When bathing infants, small children and the elderly hand test the water temperature. Supervise small children in the tub.
  • Consider installing an anti-scalding device on fixtures, particularly where water temperature is unreliable.

Flammable Materials

Flammables and appliances are a deadly mix. Vapors from flammable liquids can explode and catch fire when exposed to a flame or electrical spark, causing severe burns or death.

  • Never store or use gasoline or any flammable products such as solvents, varnishes or adhesives in the same room with a natural gas, oil or electric appliance.
  • Never store rags, paper or other combustibles near any natural gas, oil or electric appliance.
  • Have only qualified personnel install or service your appliances.
  • If an appliance, such as a water heater, is installed where flammable products will be stored or used, such as a garage, be sure it is a minimum of 18 inches above the floor unless listed as flammable vapor ignition resistant. This may reduce but not eliminate the risk.

Remember: Vapors from flammable products cannot be seen. They are usually heavier than air and can travel great distances. They can be carried from other rooms by air currents to the pilot and main burner flames of gas appliances.

Important Natural Gas Safety Links

The following links will provide you with additional information on natural gas safety:

Node: liferay-0:8080