Gas Water Heater Vacation Question

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I want to turn off the water in the house when we go on an extended vacation. I have a gas water heater, and I could put it on pilot only, or turn it off, but my wife wants to have hot water when we return. So if I leave the hot water heater on, and the water is turned off, what happens if the tank leaks? Will the water heater burner turn on? If so, how dangerous is that?
 

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I want to turn off the water in the house when we go on an extended vacation. I have a gas water heater, and I could put it on pilot only, or turn it off, but my wife wants to have hot water when we return. So if I leave the hot water heater on, and the water is turned off, what happens if the tank leaks? Will the water heater burner turn on? If so, how dangerous is that?
Just turn it on low.
 
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