Call before you dig
If you are planning to dig a
hole, tear down a building or engage in any other earth moving
activity, please call Toll Free 1-800-382-5544, at least two full
days before you dig. We'll show you and your contractor where the gas line are located and help you avoid any problems.
Cutting a buried utility line can be dangerous, costly, and
inconvenient. So don't dig blind, make the call please.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced
when fuels such as gasoline, propane, kerosene, natural gas,
coal and wood do not have an adequate oxygen supply to burn
completely. The most common sources are automobiles,
furnaces and boilers that haven't been properly maintained.
An estimated 10,000 people are treated annually nationwide for
carbon monoxide poisoning - the most common cause being vehicle
American Red Cross for additional information in regards to
Carbon Monoxide and Prevention.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Flu-like symptoms: nausea, dizziness, drowsiness,
- In many cases, victims are aware they are not well, but
become to disoriented to save themselves.
- Particularly vulnerable are pregnant women. Also: small
children, senior citizens and people with heart or
a professional annual inspections and cleanings of heating
systems, vents, flues, and chimneys.
Occasionally conduct your own visual inspections. Look
for improper connections, rust, standing water build up.
leave a car running in a garage.
use gas or charcoal grills in an enclosed area.
Install carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home,
especially near bedrooms. It should meet requirements
of the International Approval Services Standard.
Alarms can be recognized by the blue star, AGA (American Gas
Association) design on the package.
you suspect carbon monoxide, get fresh air immediately and
Gas Appliance Safety
To ensure safety and efficiency, have your furnace, water heater
and other natural gas appliances inspected by a licensed
technician once a year. Also, do not store flammable
liquids, paint or other flammable materials near a furnace,
stove or water heater. Keep the lint trap on your gas
dryer clean and the exhaust hose clear.
Natural gas water heaters are a fast, efficient way
to heat the water in your home. But with any heater,
parents should exercise caution when using hot water around
small children, especially in the bathtub.
- To avoid scalding hot water in the bathtub and sinks,
keep your water heater set at a maximum of 120 degrees
Fahrenheit. If you live in an apartment building, ask
you landlord or property manager to check the building's
water heater. (It's also a great way to conserve
- Fill the bathtub by first turning on the cold
water, then add hot water. When the tub is almost
filled,, turn off the hot water. Then turn off the
- Before you place your child in the tub, put
your hand all the way in the water. Spread your
fingers. Move your hand back and forth throughout the
length of the tub to check for hot areas.
with the child. Don't answer the phone or door.
If you must leave the bathroom take your child with you.
Remember, never leave a child alone in the tub or even with
other children. It literally can take just a second
for small children to turn on the hot water and burn
Osgood utilities does not recommend the
use of space heaters. However, if you choose to use a
space heater, please be safe.
- Fires and explosions can be caused by flammable fuels or
- Read and follow the manufacturers' operating
- Use space heaters that are tested and labeled by a
nationally recognized testing lab.
- Keep space heaters away from combustible products to
avoid a fire.
- Indoor air pollution could be caused by improper venting
or incomplete combustion.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning is caused by improper venting
of fuel burning space heaters.
- Space heaters should have a guard around the flame or
coil area to protect children and pets.
- Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
- do not use space heaters overnight in bedrooms or any
room where you may sleep.
For additional information in regards to gas safety contact our