San Diego Gas & Electric is offering its gas customers in San Diego and south Orange counties a free appliance safety check before the cold winter weather arrives.
“After months of non-use, customers may be unaware if their furnace is not operating properly,” said Caroline Winn, vice president of customer service for SDG&E. “Scheduling an appliance safety check is an easy way our customers can make sure their gas appliances are in good working order.”
Maintaining gas appliances is the homeowner’s responsibility, but all SDG&E customers are eligible for a free appliance safety check. To schedule an appointment, call 800-411-SDGE (7343). Customers may also schedule an appointment online.
A furnace that is not in good working order can emit carbon monoxide. The colorless, odorless, tasteless gas is deadly, which is one of the reasons California homeowners are now required to install carbon monoxide detectors.
SDG&E also recommends customers change the battery in their carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly.
The early signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
- Unexplained nausea
- Unexplained drowsiness
- Mental confusion
- Flu-like symptoms
If carbon monoxide is suspected, the following immediate actions are recommended:
- Turn off the appliance
- Seek medical attention
- Call for appliance inspection
For more winter safety tips, visit sdge.com/winter.
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers in San Diego and southern Orange counties.