Spring cleaning is a great time to clean out nooks and crannies, tackle those DIY projects, and get your landscaping in tip-top shape for summer. It’s also a perfect opportunity to conduct a quick check-up on your home or business for natural gas safety.

Natural gas is a safe, reliable and clean energy source. And DTE works hard every day to ensure the safety of our pipelines that deliver natural gas to homes and businesses across the state. There are some things you can do as well to make sure you’re protecting your home or business by staying clear of problems that can cause natural gas leaks, carbon monoxide (CO) and other hazards.

Here’s a checklist you can use to conduct a quick safety check:

CO Safety Check

  • Install CO detectors or check existing detectors to ensure they are working properly
  • Ensure the areas around your heating equipment are clean and unblocked to allow proper airflow
  • Check to make sure furnace compartment doors are closed and secured

Natural Gas Appliance Safety Check

  • Clean burners and surrounding surfaces
  • Inspect the flues of automatically controlled appliances to ensure they are corrosion-free, securely attached, and correctly vented
  • Keep the area around furnace room air vents clear
  • Remove any combustible materials located near natural gas appliance flames

Gas Meter Safety Check

  • Remove branches or leaves that may have fallen on your meter due to spring ice storms or high winds, and Inspect the unit for damage
  • Trim tall grass, weeds and greenery around your meter as well as natural gas exhaust and air intakes
  • Clear your natural gas appliance vents and air intakes of potential obstructions

*Other than keeping it clear of obstructions, you should not touch or handle your natural gas meter. Never tie or wrap anything around the unit. Don’t let children play on the meter and do not enclose it in any type of structure.

Emergency Awareness

  • Ensure everyone at your home or business knows the signs of a CO problem or gas leak, and what to do in the event of a natural gas emergency
  • Store DTE’s natural gas leak hotline (800-947-5000) in an easy to access place, like your phone, refrigerator or bulletin board

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