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A Guide to Gas Appliance Safety


2:40 am
May 5, 2011


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Post edited 3:06 pm – May 5, 2011 by NightOwl

A Guide to Gas Appliance Safety

Household gas appliances—from ovens to clothes dryers—are built to last decades. To ensure they live out their lifespan, safely and efficiently, you’ll need to operate them properly and perform regular maintenance. Follow the guide below to learn how to care for the gas appliances in your home.


Don’t play with fire. It’s important to remember that gas is a combustible substance and gas appliances have a pilot light. To prevent fires, never keep flammable objects like rags, newspapers or dry wood near your gas appliance. Remove any flammable chemicals like cleaning products, insecticides or gasoline from the surrounding area as well.


Read the operating manual. It sounds obvious: only use your gas appliance as it was intended. But many people wing it, using their appliance in inefficient ways. Even more important? Don’t make your appliance perform functions it’s not meant to perform. For instance, don’t use a gas oven as a space heater or a furnace as a drying rack for your clothes. Both could cause damage to your appliance and potentially cause a fire.


Let it breathe. Proper ventilation is a cardinal rule of gas appliances. The free flow of air is key to ensuring that your gas appliance operates correctly and safely. Be sure that any non-flammable items near a gas appliance don’t block airflow or vents, and regularly replace appliance filters, which can become clogged with debris and dust. 


Have an annual checkup. A licensed professional should inspect all gas appliances in your home once a year to make sure they are operating safely and at maximum efficiency. The most important test to conduct yearly is for carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of burning gas in low oxygen; it can be created in appliances have been poorly installed or maintained. Both colorless and odorless, carbon dioxide can be difficult for a homeowner to detect. Two obvious indicators are a large and yellow gas flame and a strong smell coming from the appliance when it’s running. If you notice either of these signs, call a repairman immediately—don’t wait for a yearly check-up. Carbon monoxide poisoning is serious. It can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, as well as shortness of breath and confusion.


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