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Safety tips . . .

CenterPoint Energy recommends the following to prevent costly repairs and ensure safe and efficient operation:

Schedule an annual tune-up by a professional and change your air filters monthly to ensure that the heating system and other gas appliances are operating safely and efficiently, and to avoid costly and inconvenient repairs.

Check frequently for visible signs of problems, such as high indoor humidity, or soot or water collecting near a burner or vent.

Equipment that uses natural gas should produce a clear blue flame. A yellow or orange flame may indicate a problem and equipment should be checked by a qualified technician.

Be certain all fuel-burning appliances and equipment are properly vented to the outdoors, keeping vents, fresh air intake(s), and chimneys clear of debris or other obstructions.

Never operate an automobile or any combustion engine in an enclosed area such as your home, garage or fish house, even with the door open. A running car engine in your garage can travel into the structure and CO can accumulate.

Purchase a CO detection device with an audible alarm and digital display and install it no more than 10 feet from each bedroom as required by law.

n If you suspect CO exposure, leave the area immediately, taking your pets with you, and tell others to do the same. Treatment for CO exposure is fresh air or oxygen. Severe exposure requires medical attention. Never enter an unventilated structure believed to have CO without proper personal protective equipment. Do not return to your home or building until the source of the problem is discovered and corrected. Once safely away from the area, the public should call 911 to report the suspected CO incident.