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If you have any appliances in your home that run on natural gas, follow these safety tips from an Atlanta HVAC expert.

  Atlanta, Georgia – Do you have appliances that run on natural gas? Do you know what to do if there is a natural gas leak at your home? If not, be sure to follow these tips from an Atlanta air conditioning expert.

 “Appliances that run on natural gas are very cost effective,” says Phil Montgomery, who owns Atlanta HVAC company Mr. Cool Mr. Heat. “It efficiently operates your appliances, and keeps your energy bills down. But, if there is ever a leak, it can be extremely dangerous.”

 It is important to have any appliances that run on natural gas inspected each year. This will prevent leaks from happening in the first place. A heating and cooling expert can inspect your furnace or other gas-run appliances to be sure there are no leaks. Scheduling routine maintenance checks will give you peace of mind that your appliances are working properly. If you’ve had to call for furnace repair frequently, make sure the technician is always checking for any places gas could be leaking out.

 There are several signs that you may have a gas leak. The first is a strange odor, similar to the smell of rotten eggs. A blowing or hissing sound, dead or discolored vegetation in and otherwise green area, and bubbling in wet or flooded areas are other signs of a gas leak. Additionally, homeowners should look for dirt or dust blowing from a hole in the ground, and be on the lookout for flames in case the leak should spark.

 If at any time, you smell something strange or see any of these signs, it’s best to leave the area and call your gas company. The company will send out a technician who will inspect the area and find the source of the leak.

 Do not use any electrical devices, including light switches or phones as these could spark and ignite the gas. Do not use any open flames or try to locate the source of the gas leak yourself. Do not start vehicles, attempt to shut-off gas valves or appliances, or re-enter the area until you have been told it is safe. If at any point the natural gas ignites, do not attempt to put out the flame. Let it burn until a properly trained technician can handle the situation. Burning gas will not explode.

 If you fear your natural gas pipeline may have been damaged in any way, leave the area right away. Do not use motorized equipment, including cars, near the area. Stay away from the area until you are cleared to re-enter.

 Natural gas appliances are energy efficient and overall, very safe. However, in the event of a gas leak, it’s important for homeowners to understand what to do. Following these tips can keep you and your family safe.

 

 

 

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