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Avoid Natural Gas Fires

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Closeup shot of blue fire from domestic kitchen stove. Avoid natural gas fires

Avoid Natural Gas Fires

Many homes today benefit from natural gas. This convenient source of fuel provides power to about 177 million Americans, heating homes, water, and food. There are a lot of positive reasons for homeowners to add a gas line into their home:

This fuel provides instant heat for homes and creates beautiful "flames" in gas fireplaces.
Gas-fueled heating systems can keep you warm during power outages.
Ovens and stoves heat food evenly without a long "preheat" period.
The fuel provides hot water on demand.
This source of power is generally less expensive than electricity.

With these benefits, it's no surprise that homeowners in Capistrano Beach, CA, enjoy gas-powered appliances. However, there may also the potential for a gas fire in your home.

Do You Smell Sulfur?

Keep your family safe by knowing how to respond if you suspect a gas leak. Thiols, sulfur-based compounds, are added to natural gas, so leaks are easier to detect. If you smell rotten eggs or hear a hissing sound, make sure all the burners are off on your stove to eliminate the stove as the source of the leak. Next, don't flip any light switches or turn any appliances on; this includes making phone calls; wait until you are safely away from your home. The tiny spark made when flipping the switch could cause a gas explosion. Instead, open the doors and windows to let any gas escape.

Evacuate the Home

Get your family out of the house. Move a safe distance away from your home and then call the gas department or 911. Don't enter your home again until the proper authorities have given their approval. Although deaths from a gas fire are relatively low compared to other disasters, explosions and fires are common enough to warrant taking precautions.

Help for the Recovery Process

If your Capistrano Beach, CA, home has been affected by natural gas, fire and smoke damage cleanup and recovery professionals can help you get your home back to its previous condition. There are many reasons to enjoy the convenience of natural gas in your home; just be sure you know how to prevent a gas fire.

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