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February 28,  2002

Older Gas Connectors Can Cause Fires and Explosions

(SafetyAlerts) - 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.

Source: CPSC

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