Natural gas is an affordable and reliable power source for your home. Still, gas lines and gas-powered appliances can have significant repercussions on your family’s health and safety if damaged.
Are natural gas appliances safe?
Every power source has it’s own safety precautions to keep in mind while using. Gas-powered appliances such as stoves, ovens, water heating, and heating systems should be safe to use with proper maintenance and care. For gas-powered appliances, ventilation, maintenance, and properly installed gas lines are key.
Health Hazards of Gas-Powered Appliances
According to a 2020 study conducted by UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, “Gas appliances emit several pollutants, including carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx, including nitrogen dioxide (NO2)), fine particulate matter (PM), and formaldehyde, which have been linked to various acute and chronic health effects, including respiratory illness, particularly in children.”
Safety Tips for Gas Appliances
Install CO Detectors
Using gas as a power source can also lead to carbon monoxide emissions. When gas-powered appliances become faulty or damaged, they can leak CO. Longterm exposure to CO can cause nausea, vomiting, headaches, fatigue, and can even lead to death. Make sure to install and keep a working CO detector in your home at all times to help detect abnormal levels of carbon monoxide in your home.
Proper ventilation is essential while operating any gas-powered appliance. Open your windows while cooking or use the ventilation fan on your range hood to filter out any harmful pollutants.
Call a Professional
Installations of gas-powered appliances should be completed by a trained professional to prevent any unnecessary hazards. If you ever have a gas leak (one sign is the smell of rotten eggs), it’s essential that you evacuate your home and do NOT try to find the source of the leak yourself. Contact your gas company to report the leak and your local plumber to locate and fix the issue safely.
Call EJ Plumbing for Gas Line Repairs
Gas line problems are no joke. During cooler months, more and more homeowners will be using their heating systems, cooking ranges, and water heaters to keep their homes and families comfortable. Our team can assess your current gas lines to determine if repair is necessary or provide a full replacement if that’s the best option for your home. Contact us online or by phone at (650) 513-8852 to schedule an appointment today.