As the leaves begin to turn golden and the air takes on a crisp edge, we begin to welcome the fall season. With its arrival, it’s essential to take a moment to discuss something close to our hearts: your safety. At Summit, prioritize the well-being of our valued customers, our team members, and the communities we serve. As the days grow shorter and temperatures start to drop, there’s no better time to highlight some important natural gas safety tips to ensure your autumn is filled with warmth and peace of mind.
Inspect Gas Appliances: Before the cold weather sets in, give your gas appliances some attention. Have a professional technician inspect your furnace, water heater, and other natural gas-powered appliances to ensure they are operating efficiently and safely. Regular maintenance not only enhances performance but also helps identify issues early on, preventing potential safety hazards.
Familiarize Yourself with the Signs of a Gas Leak: Your safety is key! That's why it’s important to remind yourself of the signs of a gas leak. If you notice a persistent, unusual smell similar to rotten eggs, hear a hissing sound near gas lines or appliances, or observe dead plants in your yard, it could be an indication of a gas leak. In such an event, leave the premises immediately on foot, call 911, and contact Summit from a safe location to report the issue.
Mind Your Outdoor Gas Equipment: The fall season often comes with outdoor gatherings around fire pits, patio heaters, or barbecues. These activities can be enjoyable and memorable, but it's crucial to use and store your outdoor gas equipment with care. Ensure proper ventilation and keep them away from combustible materials like dry leaves or firewood to prevent accidents.
Beware of Carbon Monoxide (CO): As soon as fall fades and winter sets in, we tend to spend more time indoors, making it important to be mindful of carbon monoxide. Ensure you have carbon monoxide detectors installed on each level of your home and near bedrooms. Replace their batteries regularly and test them to guarantee they are functioning correctly. If a CO alarm goes off or if you experience symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, or nausea, exit your home immediately and call for help.
Mindful Landscaping: Oftentimes, fall comes seasonal yard work. If you're planning to dig or landscape around your property, be cautious of underground gas lines. Always call 811 at least two days before any digging project to have your gas lines marked. This small step can prevent accidents and damage to gas infrastructure and helps keep you, your family, and your neighbors safe, too.
Keep Heating Vents Clear: As you rearrange your furniture or decorate for the season, make sure to keep heating vents unobstructed. Blocked vents can lead to improper heating distribution and may create potential safety issues.
As you enjoy the coziness of your home this fall, take a moment to educate your family members, especially children, about natural gas safety. Teach them about the signs of a gas leak, the importance of carbon monoxide detectors, and what to do in case of an emergency. We believe safety is a shared responsibility, and we are committed to providing the necessary resources to keep you informed and secure.