Many people want to turn the pilot light off during periods of inactivity. For some it's a safety concern, and for others it's just a way to save money. It may not be as cut and dry as it sounds though, and you may find it difficult to actually turn it off. Here's what you should know.
1. Automatic Relighters
Many appliances that use a pilot will have an automatic pilot relighter. This is designed for appliances that may be placed in drafty areas so you aren't constantly relighting it. However, it can be a problem if you want to turn the pilot off entirely. Check your model to see if it has an auto relighter, and turn this off before you turn off the pilot.
2. Gas Valves
This scenario is actually dangerous, and needs to be corrected sooner rather than later. If you have a faulty gas valve, gas may still be getting through to the pilot area. In this case the lit pilot is burning off the gas, but once you turn the pilot off the gas may still be allowed to leak through. If there is a small spark, it can relight. Worse yet, the gas can start to build up in the room.