Natural Gas Safety Tips

Posted on: October 12th, 2016 by Ashton Service Group
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There are also a number of things you can do to keep your natural gas appliances and ventilation and air supply piping and gas line well-maintained and safe for everyone.

Seven (7) Natural Gas Safety Tips

  • Keep all your appliances owners’ manuals. You may think you have no use for them now but they come in handy for troubleshooting and diagnosing problems. They are the best source of information on maintenance and operation of your natural gas appliances.
  • Make sure the areas around your natural gas appliances and vent pipes are kept clear of combustible materials like laundry, cardboard boxes, paper, paints, solvents and propane cylinders.
  • Don’t store lawnmowers, motorcycles and other gasoline-powered equipment or vehicles indoors or near natural gas appliances.
  • Natural gas appliances have open flames and can be a source of ignition.  Be smart and don’t use solvents or glues in the area.
  • Make sure there’s an enough air flow to your natural gas appliances. This means making sure the fresh air pipe to your furnace, boiler or water heater is not blocked. If you plan to enclose your water heater or furnace, check with a licensed gas contractor first to see if it is safe to do so.
  • Check and, if necessary, change your furnace filter every three to six months. This helps to ensure there is adequate air flowing through the appliance and throughout the home.
  • Know where to find the shut-off valve for each appliance and how to use it. The gas is “off” when the valve handle is at a right angle to the gas pipe. This is extremely helpful to know if you will be away from home for a while or if there is a natural disaster.

It is important to have an annual maintenance on your boiler/service to ensure it is working efficiently and to check there are no issues before the start of fall.

From now until October 31st Fortis BC is offering a $25 rebate/credit on your natural gas account if you have your boiler or furnace inspected as well as another $25 for a fireplace service.

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