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
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
* Make sure fresh air intakes are not blocked or restricted. These
are the source of air to natural gas furnaces and water heaters for
* 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
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.
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SOURCE Southern California Gas Company