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Real Estate Corner: Use gas at home safely
Both natural gas and propane are versatile, clean-burning fuels. They are often used to heat your home, cook food, heat water to bathe with, dry clothes, and even start the fire in the fireplace. In its natural state, it is a nontoxic, colorless, tasteless and odorless gas.
The gas may escape from faulty appliances, loose connections, service lines inside or outside your home, or from the gas main. If you ever smell gas, take these precautions immediately:
2. Ventilate the room or home by opening doors and windows.
3. If the odor is very strong or you hear a hissing noise, leave your home immediately. Go to a neighbor’s home and call the fire department.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to perform the inspection. If the instructions are missing, follow this checklist for inspecting your furnace or boiler:
2. Check the air filter regularly, every one to two months. Replace or clean it if necessary. You can save 5 percent or more on your energy bills by doing so regularly.
4. Inspect space heaters annually as well. As with any gas appliance, trouble signs to look for are: a yellow flame; soot; a lingering pungent smell; or overheating.
Never use the top burners or oven of a gas range for home-heating purposes. Ranges and ovens are designed as cooking appliances only. Used improperly, they present a fire and burn hazard, and a malfunctioning gas range can produce toxic carbon monoxide.
Dick Benson is president of the New Hampshire Home Builders Association
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