Home & Work Safety

Gas Safety

Your Gas Water Heater

  • Do a basic safety check - Relief Valve.
    Make sure the drainpipe from the relief valve on the top of the water heater is always unobstructed. Shut the heater off and have it serviced if water or steam is coming from the pipe.

    Do a basic safety check - Water Heater Vent.
    Is the draft hood securely fastened to the top of the heater? If not, exhaust may be deflected into your home which could result in carbon monoxide poisoning.

    If you find any of these problems, contact a qualified professional for immediate repairs.
  • Prevent Tap Water Scalds.
    Never take hot water temperature for granted. Always hand-test before using, especially when bathing children and infants. Leaving a child unsupervised in the bathroom, even if only for a second, could cause serious injuries. Your presence at all times is the best defense against accidents and scaldings to infants and young children.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urges consumers to set water heater temperatures at no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and to consider lowering the thermostat to the lowest settings that will satisfy hot water needs for clothing and dish washing machines.
  • Keep flammables away.
    Keep the area around and under the water heater clean and free of combustible materials. Never store flammable liquids in your home as the vapors can be ignited by the gas burner or pilot light.
  • Drain water regularly.
    You can drain a few gallons of water from the water heater to remove sediment from the bottom. The manufacturer's instruction manual generally will provide information on how to do this and how often. If this has never been done, call a qualified professional.
  • Insulate carefully.
    If you install an insulation blanket to save energy, follow installation instructions carefully. Do not block the controls, air intakes or water heater flue.
Make sure the air intakes, drainpipes, controls and flue on your water heater are always unobstructed. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for draining to remove sediment.