Winter weather is here and Vectren Energy Delivery (Vectren) wants to remind customers to be aware of heating safety throughout the winter months. Having a furnace tune-up by a professional; knowing how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and detect a gas leak; and being aware of the safety precautions associated with the use of space heaters are simple ways to keep your household safe throughout the year.
Customers should consider safety precautions associated with home heating, the use of natural gas and the use of electric space heaters. Furthermore, don't forget to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home on an annual basis.
Space Heater Safety
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) supplemental heating equipment, such as electrical and kerosene heaters, is the leading cause of home fires during the months of December, January and February. To help prevent fires and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the use of space heaters, adhere to the following tips as recommended by the NFPA.
Carbon Monoxide Safety
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas produced by the incomplete burning of different fuels including gasoline, kerosene, wood, coal, propane, natural gas and fuel oil. High concentrations of CO can cause illness and excessive levels can be fatal. If you suspect CO in your home, get fresh air immediately and call 911. To prevent CO in your home:
If you smell natural gas
In the event a gas line has been struck or ruptured outside of a home or business, residents are reminded of the following:
In the event a gas leak is detected inside of a home or business, residents are reminded of the following:
Please note: There is no charge to the customer for calling Vectren to inspect a potential gas leak. Vectren will respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.