Natural gas only generates carbon dioxide, water vapor and small amounts of nitrogen oxide when burned, making it the cleanest fossil fuel in the world. It can be used in furnaces, stoves, clothes dryers and fireplaces. With proper use, it’s a safe option for heating your home and powering your appliances.
Here are some important natural gas safety tips from a trusted tankless water heater installer.
Inspect Appliances Regularly
Routinely inspecting appliances that use gas can help detect and prevent gas leaks. Most of these appliances have a pilot light, which you also need to check. If the appliance has one, the flame should be small and blue with a yellow tip.
Know the Signs of a Natural Gas Leak
Normally, natural gas is odorless and colorless. However, to make leaks easier to detect, manufacturers include chemicals called odorants to create a smell similar to sulfur or rotten eggs. The stronger the smell, the higher the chances that you have a gas leak. Other signs of a natural gas leak include hissing sounds, air bubbles outside the house and dying plants.
Those who breathe in natural gas can experience headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea and difficulty breathing. Contact a local gas leak repair expert if you suspect you have a gas leak.
Install Natural Gas and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Slow gas leaks may not produce enough of a scent for you to detect them. Those with a reduced sense of smell may also not be able to detect a gas leak. This is why it’s recommended that you have a natural gas detector at home. For your safety, it’s also a great idea to invest in a carbon monoxide detector, though it doesn’t detect natural gas leaks.
Whether you need a gas leak repair or wish to perform gas leak detection, Oak Plumbing is here to help. We also offer plumbing inspections, leak repair and drain cleaning services. Call us at (707) 200-7594 (Solano County or (800) 397-3799 (Benicia). You may also complete our contact form to learn more about our services. We work with homeowners in Vacaville, Sacramento, and Benicia, CA.