As the weather cools and the holiday season swings into full gear, the use of heaters, stoves, fireplaces and electric appliances will likely increase. SDG&E is urging customers to take advantage of its free safety checks on home gas appliances to ensure they are working properly.
During a scheduled appointment, a company gas technician inspects the furnace and condition of the filter to make sure the appliance is not emitting carbon monoxide, which is a safety hazard.
In addition to making an appointment for your natural gas appliances, below are some tips to ensure your home is safe and efficient this winter season:
Safety Tips for Gas Appliances
- Never use gas ovens or other appliances as a space heater.
- Check the batteries in carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms and replace, if needed.
- Periodically check gas appliances to make sure pilot lights and burner flames are clear blue. A soft yellow flame can indicate carbon monoxide.
- Always make sure the damper is open when using a gas fireplace.
Safety Tips for Electric Appliances
- Only use lights with the certification mark of a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
- Plug all heat-producing products such as portable heaters and electric blankets directly into the wall rather than using an extension cord, which can overload the devices.
- Keep heaters a safe distance from furniture, blankets, draperies and other potential fire risks.