The Gas Company Offers Tips for a Safe Winter Heating Season; Homeowners Reminded of Carbon Monoxide Dangers
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Amidst the colder temperatures blanketing the Southland region, Southern California Gas Company (The Gas Company) is reminding residents that safety should be a top priority in winter heating. The Gas Company recommends that its residential customers take a number of steps, including having their natural gas furnaces inspected annually to ensure safe operation. Improperly maintained or adjusted appliances and vent systems may generate carbon monoxide (CO). CO is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating poisonous gas. Symptoms of CO poisoning can resemble the common flu -- headaches, nausea, fatigue, confusion, and dizziness. These symptoms will vary depending on the person's age and general health, level of physical activity, and the duration and concentration of the exposure. "Our customers should have their gas appliances -- such as furnaces, fireplaces and water heaters -- inspected regularly by a qualified professional to ensure that they are working properly," said Ann Smith, vice president of customer service, mass markets for The Gas Company. Following are steps homeowners can take to prevent CO dangers: * Make sure all fuel-burning appliances show a clear blue flame; a yellow flame may indicate a problem and should be checked by a qualified technician. * Make sure fresh air intakes are not blocked or restricted. These are the source of air to natural gas furnaces and water heaters for their combustion. * Be sure all fuel-burning appliances are properly vented and the vents are in good condition. Appliances need proper ventilation to ensure combustion gasses are removed to outside the home. Visually inspect the vents for rust, holes or gaps, and feel the vent pipes for spots that may seem weak, thin or loose (don't touch the vents when the furnace is running because they may be hot). This inspection may require a qualified professional. * Never use charcoal or gas grills inside the home or garage, even with a door or windows open. Also keep charcoal grills outside until the coals are completely out. * Don't try to heat a room with a gas range, oven or clothes dryer. For additional safety tips, visit The Gas Company online at www.socalgas.com . Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) is the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, serving 18 million consumers through 5 million meters. The company's service area encompasses 23,000 square miles throughout central and Southern California. The Gas Company is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X46974613
SOURCE Southern California Gas Company
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