Is Natural Gas Cooking Safe?

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Some organizations and media outlets have recently raised questions about the impacts of residential natural gas cooking on indoor air quality (IAQ). While many of the sources cited in these articles agree that more research is needed before drawing definitive conclusions, electrification advocates are using these reports to drive public policy that would limit or outright ban the use of natural gas.

A Gas Technology Institute Special Report released in Fall of 2022 tested the emissions resulting from cooking with different fuel sources and concluded that “cooking emissions were more a function of the cooking vessel and food product cooked than energy source.”

Montana-Dakota Utilities takes the health and safety of our customers seriously. We strongly encourage the installation of monoxide detectors in buildings with natural gas equipment, and an exhaust for all electric and natural gas ranges, cooktops and ovens to eliminate the normal byproducts of cooking such as steam, smoke, grease and heat. More information can be found on our Safety and Education page.