More than 50 percent of American households use natural gas as their main heating source. While natural gas is a clean and efficient source of energy, there are potential dangers associated with its usage.
The chemical properties that make up natural gas might be a clean fuel source; but they can be dangerous if not properly maintained. If a leak develops inside a home or even nearby, a massive explosion can happen. Or the most well-known danger of poor maintenance with natural gas is carbon monoxide poisoning.
Between 1999 and 2008, an average of 44 gas pipeline incidents per year caused at least one death or hospitalization, according to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission reported that between 1999 and 2005 there were 187 fatalities in the United States directly related to natural gas heating.
These numbers prove that natural gas is not completely safe, but it’s shows that over time the number of incidents and casualties have been fairly low.