Make sure to apply these safety tips for your gas appliances

Posted | June 11, 2019

If you are one of the many LG&E customers who enjoy the reliability and safety of natural gas, it’s always a good idea to get a quick refresher on safety tips for gas appliances.

  • You should always have gas appliances installed, serviced and repaired by a professional.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using your gas appliances.
  • Make sure any flammable liquids and combustible materials are kept a safe distance away from the gas water heater and gas furnace. Keep towels away from the burners on your stove.
  • When lighting the burners on your stove, light the match before turning on the gas. If the flame goes out, turn off the gas and let it disperse before relighting.
  • Before lighting stove burners, clean off any grease, oil or debris to prevent a possible grease fire.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
  • Never use the stove to help heat your home. It could be deadly.
  • If you need to turn off the natural gas supply to an appliance, use the shutoff valve for that appliance rather than turning off the main valve to your entire home.
  • If the pilot light goes out, turn off the gas at the appliance and wait at least five minutes before attempting to relight. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for relighting.

If you haven’t done so in a while, have a professional inspect the corrugated metal tubing that connects the natural gas supply to your appliances. Uncoated tubing, manufactured before 1977, is more likely to separate from the connectors due to cracking, breaking and deterioration. We recommend replacing the tubing and connectors for maximum safety.

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