Is Your Furnace Ready For Winter? SoCalGas Offers Home-Heating Safety Tips
Oct 24, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As temperatures cool down, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is advising customers to inspect their home-heating appliances and perform any needed maintenance necessary to avoid any health or safety hazards.
"Now is the time to perform maintenance on your home-heating appliances to check that they can be operated safely and efficiently," said Jimmie Cho, vice president of field services for SoCalGas. "Customers are beginning to turn on their furnaces for the first time in months. Heating appliances should be serviced annually to keep them operating safely and efficiently. A licensed heating contractor or SoCalGas can provide this service for you."
Failure to perform annual maintenance on gas appliances may result in exposure to carbon monoxide, which can cause nausea, drowsiness, flu-like symptoms, and even death.
Since home heating typically accounts for more than half of the monthly winter gas bill, the best way to keep bills lower is to get gas appliances serviced, Cho said.
SoCalGas offers these tips for a safe, warm, and energy-efficient winter:
While maintaining natural gas appliances is always the homeowner's responsibility, at a customer's request, SoCalGas can perform free appliance safety checks. To schedule an appointment, go to socalgas.com (search "SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT") or call SoCalGas at (800) 427-2200 or (800) 342-4545 in Spanish. For more information on furnace safety, visit SoCalGas' website at socalgas.com (search "FURNACE SAFETY").
Southern California Gas Co. has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 20.9 million consumers connected through nearly 5.8 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company's service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).
SOURCE Southern California Gas Co.
For further information: Denise King, Southern California Gas Co., 1-877-643-2331, www.socalgas.com