When a disaster occurs, many people think of a tornado, hurricane or a fire. You’re advised to stock up on water, batteries, food, blankets and any other items you might need for a few days. The Metropolitan Utilities District (M.U.D.) also has suggestions to help in your planning.
In an emergency or disaster, turn off all gas appliances as you would if you were leaving your home - like the stove, oven, gas fireplace, etc. If there is a situation where the gas supply needs to be shut down, M.U.D. will take care of it, and keep customers informed via the news media. An uncontrolled release of natural gas may result in fire, explosion or suffocation.
For water, leave your service on during a weather alert or disaster. You may need water for sanitary facilities or for extinguishing a small fire. For information about storing water for emergencies and disasters, please call the Douglas County Health Department, 402.444.7480.
If you smell gas or see water leaking from the surface of the street, call M.U.D. to report it: 402.554.7777. This line is operated 24/7 and there is no charge to check leaks.
For more information about what to do during an emergency, view the New Customer booklet: http://www.mudomaha.com/sites/default/files/New Customer Booklet 2016.pdf
Other helpful websites include: The Omaha Fire Department site: http://www.omaha-fire.org/disaster-preparedness and The Douglas County Emergency Management site: http://www.douglascounty-ne.gov/dcemacms/preparedness-and-outreach/personal-preparedness
Preparing Your Furnace For Fall
With colder months approaching, now is the time to start thinking about fall maintenance on your furnace. Some items like changing your filter monthly can be done by yourself, but to make sure everything is in proper working order it is best to call a certified Heating and Cooling contractor (HVAC).
Here are a few other tips to remember:
- Use a clean filter. Standard air filters for furnaces need to be cleaned or changed once a month, more often during the heating season. Newer filters may be washable or require less frequent changing. Check the owner’s manual.
- If a pilot light or burner flame goes out, allow ample time for any gas accumulation to escape before relighting. If the problem continues, call M.U.D. at 402.554.6666, or your heating contractor.
- Gas appliances and furnaces need fresh air for proper combustion. Combustion products need to be vented to the outdoors. Keep flues, ducts and vents attached to appliances and heating systems in good condition and clear of obstructions.
If you are converting your furnace from electric, oil or propane, contact us for rebate offers at 402.504.7981.