PITTSBURGH, Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With colder overnight temperatures predicted, Equitable Gas customers may use their home heating equipment for the first time this heating season. Equitable Gas reminds its customers to know signs of potential carbon monoxide issues and to remain safe by following a number of carbon monoxide safety tips now and throughout the fall and winter heating season.
Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless and is produced when fossil fuels are burned. Carbon monoxide is toxic and can be deadly. Carbon monoxide quickly weakens a person's body with flu-like symptoms such as headache, dizziness, nausea and sleepiness.
To help avoid problems, customers are urged to follow these basic carbon monoxide safety tips:
- Have your heating systems checked and serviced by a licensed professional annually prior to the heating season.
- Have all other natural gas powered equipment used in your home or business checked and serviced by a licensed professional annually.
- Keep all venting for natural gas equipment such as furnaces, hot water tanks or fire places unobstructed and free of debris.
- Have a carbon monoxide detector in addition to a smoke detector in your home or business and check battery operated detectors frequently. Battery replacement should take place each spring and fall.
- If you have unexplained flu-like symptoms and suspect a carbon monoxide issue inside your home or business, immediately leave the area and from a safe location call 911 or Equitable Gas at 1-800-253-3928.
Equitable Gas Company also reminds customers they should never attempt to cook or heat their homes through methods that may be unsafe due to the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning or fire. Customers should follow these additional safety tips:
- Never use a gas range or oven for heating. Using a gas range or oven for heating can cause a build up of carbon monoxide inside your home.
- Never use a charcoal, propane or barbecue grill indoors.
- Never use portable propane camp stoves, lanterns or heaters indoors.
- Never use a generator inside your home, basement, or garage.
Finally, should you ever smell natural gas inside or outside your home or business, immediately leave the area and from a safe location call 911 or Equitable Gas at 1-800-253-3928.
Equitable Gas Company is a provider of safe and dependable natural gas service to approximately 275,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers located mainly in the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Its customer base also includes more than 200 municipalities in nine other counties in western Pennsylvania, 12 counties in central and northern West Virginia, and nine counties in eastern Kentucky. Additional information about Equitable Gas can be obtained through its website at www.equitablegas.com.
SOURCE Equitable Gas Company