Natural Gas Kitchen Safety Tips
Natural gas is an efficient and relatively safe fuel when properly used. However, every member of your family should be taught natural gas safety for the kitchen and outdoor grilling, including how to recognize a gas leak, and when to call 911. If you are in need of gas line repair in Sugar Land contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg. Provide the following instructions to ensure the safety of your home and family:
Kitchen Safety Tips
- Instruct your children not to turn any range knobs. Don’t leave small children unsupervised around the stove, or a gas grill, whether you are cooking or not.
- Keep all combustible materials, such as paper towels, dish towels and mitts, and electric cords, away from range burners.
- Keep an all-purpose (ABC rated) fire extinguisher in a readily accessible location of the kitchen. In the event of a range-top fire, use the extinguisher. You can also use baking soda to put out a grease fire, and small fires often can be smothered with the pot’s cover, or in the case of a fire in a skillet or pot, an appropriate lid for the utensil.
- Keep the burners and the range top clean. Boil overs and accumulations of grease can provide fuel for a fire.
- If a burner flame goes out, turn off the range knob. Wait for the gas to dissipate, and then relight the burner. When flame-out becomes repetitious, food may have caused an obstruction, or there may be a problem with gas pressure, a leak that is allowing air into the gas line or other problems with the gas or appliance. Call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for gas line repair in Sugar Land from a gas certified professional.
- The proper way to light a manually operated (no pilot light) oven or top burner is to strike the match first, place it at the burner and then turn on the range knob.
- Turn off the burners when not in use.
- Gas stoves are not vented to the outside of the home. Always operate the ventilation hood when cooking with a gas stove.
- Don’t use a gas stove for heat, damage may occur to the appliance and deadly carbon monoxide will be released into your home.
Outdoor Kitchen and/or Grill Safety Tips
- Your grill should be located a minimum of 10 feet from other objects, including your home, any combustibles such as wood or upholstered furniture and any shrubs, trees or bushes.
- Check the connection between the gas line and the grill to ensure a proper connection without leaks. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg provides outdoor gas line installation and gas line repair in Sugar Land
- Don’t bring a grill inside your home or the garage. This is both a fire and carbon monoxide poisoning hazard. All fossil fuels emit carbon monoxide when burning.
General Natural Gas Safety
- Natural gas is a colorless and odorless gas in its natural state. A scent similar to the odor of rotten eggs is added to make it detectable.
- Gas flames should be a bright blue, yellow or orange indicates adjustment or gas line repair in Sugar Land is needed by a gas certified professional.
- Check your appliances’ connection to gas. Older connections constructed of brass can break, crack and deteriorate.
- A number of gas authorities recommend the professional replacement of gas connectors every ten years due to movement, bending or corrosion.
- To ensure your safety, only gas certified licensed plumbing professionals should be used to provide gas line installation and gas line repair in Sugar Land.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home, near the bedrooms and at least one on each floor.
- Have vents and flues of all gas appliances inspected during your annual maintenance service call. This will ensure the proper exhaust of dangerous carbon monoxide.
- Don’t sleep in a room heated by an unvented gas or kerosene space heater. Don’t use gas-operated heaters, generators, stoves or barbecue grills inside of your home, an enclosed garage, or in the basement.
- Call utility providers 1-2 weeks in advance of any outdoor work requiring digging or excavation. They will mark the location of all utilities for free, including gas lines.
What to Do When a Gas Leak Occurs
When you suspect a gas leak:
- When you smell gas, evacuate the home immediately, call 911 and contact your gas provider. Don’t use a phone in your home when a gas leak is present, including a cell phone, it only requires a spark to ignite natural gas. Use a neighbor’s phone, or call from a safe distance from the home, and the odor of gas to use a cell phone.
- Don’t delay gas line repair in Sugar Land when you have a gas leak. Gas leaks can be very dangerous and require prompt attention by a qualified professional to prevent fire, suffocation or an explosion.
- Gas leaks can occur outside of the home in gas lines or gas meters. Signs of an outdoor gas leak include unseasonable dying of plants or grass near the gas line or meter; the blowing of soil or leaves into the air; and unusual noise such as roaring or hissing which is the escape of gas. If you suspect a gas leak, call 911, contact your gas provider and call for professional gas line repair in Sugar Land.
- Don’t attempt to locate a gas leak. Leave it to trained professionals to locate and provide gas line repair in Sugar Land.
- Don’t turn any electrical appliances on or off, including light switches or electronics. Evacuate all occupants of the home immediately. Call 911 and your gas provider.
- Don’t smoke or use any open flames.
- Don’t start a car. If gas is present outdoor the spark of the ignition could cause an explosion.
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