Gas Safety

If you think you smell natural gas, or need to report a emergency, call Athens Gas Department 24 hours a day at 256-216-8621

Natural Gas Safety Tips

  • Learn all you can about natural gas.  The more you know... the more you will be safe
  • Use your nose.  If you ever detect even a small amount of the odor of natural gas in the air, don't stay-Get Away!   Then contact your natural gas provider.  If you don't know the number dial 9-1-1
  • Look for the blue flame.  If pilot lights and burners have a steady, blue flame, the are operating correctly. (Decorative gas fire logs are the only exception.  Their flame is usually yellow).
  • Have all gas appliances, furnances, vents, flues, chimneys and gas lines in your home or business inspected every year or two by qualified industry professionals.
  • Keep the areas around all appliances and equipment clean and unblocked to allow for proper are flow.
  • Follow manufacturer instructions for the care and use of gas appliances and equipment
  • Make sure there is at least one multipurpose fire extinguisher in your home or place of business
  • Review these natural gas safety tips regularly with ALL family members and coworkers
  • Ever let small children play with or near natural gas appliances or pipes, even the knobs on the oven or cooktop
  • Use your stove or oven for anything other than cooking (for instance, to heat your home), under any circumstances
  • Move or install a gas appliance or change the connector in any way without professional assistance
  • Use a space heater UNTIL you are sure it has been properly vented.  if using a vent-free heater, make sure the automatic cut-off switch is operational
  • Install a gas appliance yourself.  Always use a contractor licensed by the Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Board
  • Ever Store household chemicals or combustible materials near gas appliances
  • Above all, don't forget to learn what to do if you ever smell natural gas in the air: SMELL GAS?  ACT FAST!