2012-12-14 / Community

Heating Safety Tips From National Grid

As temperatures cool and winter approaches, National Grid asks customers to stay safe when using alternative sources of heat as they continue to recover from the devastation to their properties in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

It is important to keep in mind these life saving tips to protect you and your homes from fire or carbon monoxide hazards.

Fire Safety
 "Space" heaters need their space.
Keep anything combustible at least
three feet away.
 Never refill a space heater while it is
in operation or is still hot.
 If you are using supplemental
portable electric heaters, never use
an extension cord. Plug them directly
into the electrical outlet.
 Only refuel heaters outdoors. Use the
type of fuel recommended by the
manufacturer, and follow instructions carefully.
 Glass doors or a metal screen should
be placed in front of your fireplace to
prevent sparks or hot ash from igniting carpets, furniture, or other combustible items.
Carbon Monoxide Safety
 All heaters that run on fuel (natural
gas, kerosene, butane, oil) should be
vented. The only exception to this
rule is electric heaters.
 Do not use the kitchen oven or stove
top to heat your home. This can be a
fire hazard as well as a source of toxic fumes.
 Do not burn charcoal designed for
barbecues indoors not even in a fireplace or wood-burning stove.
 When installing a carbon monox-ide

alarm, make sure it is marked with
the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL)
safety listing, and follow the manufacturer's recommendations for placement in your home.
 Never, under any circumstances, use
a generator indoors, and be sure to
keep it a safe distance from a home or
business.

National Grid continues to conduct safety assessments, service relights, rebuilding damaged or destroyed infrastructure, and providing support to the homes and businesses too heavily damaged or flooded to safely accept gas. Company crews, supplemented by workers from across the country, continue their ongoing work to check and replace gas meters and regulators if needed in each customer location affected by the flood water. This process may require an interruption to gas service if customers are not available to provide access to relight gas appliances.

If customers smell natural gas they should call National Grid as soon as possible at the following numbers:  Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island: 718-643-4050  On Long Island and the Rockaways: 1-800-490-0045 If you do not smell natural gas but have no gas service please call:  Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island: 718-643-4050  On Long Island and the Rockaways: 1-800-930-5003 About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks.

The company delivers electricity to more than 3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to more than one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S.

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