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Chattanooga Gas shares important safety tips to prep for summer

Chattanooga, Tenn. – July 1, 2021 – With grill covers coming off and the first day of summer officially here, Chattanooga Gas is sharing key appliance safety tips to help prepare for planned and unplanned events, such as damaging storms that can cut power to your home.

“Safety is our highest priority all year long, and during the summer months when our customers want to relax and enjoy some leisure time, we remind them to keep safety top of mind,” said Tiffany Callaway-Ferrell, vice president of operations for Chattanooga Gas.

Grilling Safety

July is the peak month for grilling fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.  A stationary natural gas grill can help avoid the safety worries associated with portable grills.

Customers are encouraged to take precautions when grilling this summer:

  • Use a certified natural gas contractor to ensure your natural gas line and grill connection are installed properly and according to building codes. To locate a certified contractor, use our Find a Contractor tool (
  • All grills need proper venting and distancing from flammable objects. Position your grill at least 10 feet from flammable objects such as siding, eaves, ceilings, porch rails, overhanging branches or decorative objects.
  • When purchasing a grill, be sure to shop for the right type, since stationary natural gas and portable propane grills have different connection equipment.

Generator Safety

Hurricane and summer severe weather season runs from June to November, increasing the likelihood of power outages. The safest way to supply backup power to your property during an electrical outage is with a natural gas standby generator. Different from portable generators that run on gasoline, natural gas standby or stationary generators operate automatically and can run indefinitely. 

To make sure your natural gas generator is ready for storm season:

About Chattanooga Gas

Chattanooga Gas is one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Chattanooga Gas provides retail natural gas sales and transportation services to approximately 69,000 customers in Hamilton and Bradley counties in southeast Tennessee. The Chattanooga Gas service area includes the communities of Chattanooga, Cleveland, Red Bank, East Ridge, Lookout Mountain and Signal Mountain. For more information, visit

About Southern Company Gas

Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.3 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states with approximately 666,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines, asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit

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