A safe season is a happy one. As the temperatures drop during the winter months, make sure to protect your home from carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced when fuel doesn’t completely burn out. To keep your family and your home safe from exposure to CO:
Gas appliances – like a furnace, water heater, gas fireplace and stove – play an essential role in our daily lives no matter the season. But, between the cold temperatures and holiday cooking, winter is the time we often use gas appliances the most. Follow these tips to minimize potential safety risks so you can enjoy the comfort and convenience of gas appliances:
- Have a qualified heating professional regularly perform inspections and maintenance on your gas appliances.
- Keep appliances free from obstructions and combustible materials.
- Never store flammable liquids in your home or near fuel-burning appliances.
- Always place approved end caps on pipes after disconnecting appliances from gas lines.
If you’re cooped up inside on a frigid, snowy day, consider using the time to check your piping and appliance connections! Especially during the winter season, it is important to make sure they’re made of safe materials and installed properly.
Frozen gas meters can lead to safety hazards. If you notice ice buildup or other obstructions on or around your gas meter, notify us at 888-427-5632, and we’ll be there to help.