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Appliance Safety

Emergency Info

Suspect a natural gas leak?
Call 911
And Southwest Gas immediately at
whether you're our customer or not.

Si usted sospecha una
fuga de gas natural,
llame al 911
Y a Southwest gas al
Inmediato, si usted es nuestro
cliente o no.

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Like all appliances, it’s important to maintain and use your natural gas appliances properly to prevent unnecessary exposure to carbon monoxide, natural gas leaks, and potential fire hazards.

The following tips will help ensure the continued safety of your natural gas appliances:

  • Read and follow the appliance manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Store appliance instructions in a safe place for later use.
  • Make sure that qualified plumbers, contractors, or dealers install and repair all natural gas equipment and appliances.
  • Have qualified plumbers, contractors, or dealers perform annual inspections and maintenance on your natural gas appliances.
  • Don’t store or use flammable products near natural gas appliances.
  • Keep a minimum of three feet clear around your furnace and water heater.
  • Prevent scalding accidents by setting your water heater thermostat at or below the manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • Keep the burners clean on your range to ensure maximum efficiency and safety.
  • When cooking, the flame shouldn’t extend beyond the bottom of the pot.
  • Teach small children to stay away from the natural gas range and all natural gas-burning appliances.
  • Where possible, use stove guards, knob covers, and oven locks to enhance appliance safety.
  • Never use the kitchen oven as a space heater.
  • When you use a decorative natural gas log, ensure that the fireplace/chimney damper is in the open position.

For a list of qualified plumbers, contractors, or appliance dealers in your area, click here, search online, or call the Southwest Gas Energy Specialists at 1-800-654-2765. For information about appliance recalls, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website at www.cpsc.gov.