February 28, 2002
Older Gas Connectors Can Cause Fires
Summary of Issue: Gas connectors are corrugated metal tubes used to connect
gas appliances, such as gas dryers, in your home to fuel gas supply pipes.
Some older brass connectors have come apart, causing fires and explosions
resulting in deaths and injuries. Only qualified professionals should check
your connector and replace it if needed. Do not do it yourself. Moving the
appliance, even slightly, whether to clean or to inspect the gas connector,
can cause it to break.
If you smell gas, leave the house immediately. Do not use your phone. Call
your gas supplier from a neighbor's house. Don't turn on a light or switch
on anything electrical.
These older brass connectors have not been manufactured in more than 20
years, but many could still be in use. If you suspect your gas appliance
could have an older gas connector, contact your gas supplier immediately to
perform an inspection. Any uncoated brass connector should be replaced.