Natural gas, a naturally
occurring fuel found underground that is largely made of methane, is an
alternative method to powering or heating your home or business.
Natural gas has several benefits and uses. It can be used
for heating and cooking, and it can be transformed into electricity. It has
long been a favorite with homeowners over coal and oil because it costs less,
and is reliable, in abundant supply, efficient and the cleanest burning fossil
The use of gas has increased in recent years, but, as the
result of more efficient appliances, the amount of gas consumed has not risen
as much. Some of the benefits of using natural gas with many of your common
is always there for your heating needs since it does not require you to pay to
refill your boiler, furnace, indoor fireplace or water heater.
Using a gas
stove or grill helps you have almost instant control over the amount of heat
used before and during cooking.
You can have
an outdoor hearth or a patio heater to keep you, your family and guests warm
anytime of the year.
Natural gas is a safe, clean, efficient fuel for home or business use. The following recommendations will assist you in using natural gas appliances safely and economically. Your local natural gas or propane provider may recommend additional safety precautions.
Because natural gas is colorless and odorless, a harmless but strong-smelling ingredient called "mercaptan" has been added to draw attention to any leak that might occur. If you smell this strong odor in your home or business, or you have other reason to suspect a natural gas leak, take action right away:
Since many people spend more time indoors during winter, we urge customers to use caution. For a safe and warm winter, please:
If your meter is encased in ice and you experience problems with your gas service, or if you smell gas - please call our gas emergency number (302) 454-0317 immediately.
State law requires you to call a utility locating service, Miss Utility at 811, before you start digging - these services are free. Save yourself time, trouble, injury and perhaps even a fine - call before you dig.
A qualified contractor should inspect your natural gas appliances and piping each year. Vent inspection is also necessary to ensure that any carbon monoxide is vented outside your home or business. These inspections can identify potential problems and ensure the safety of your family and employees.