Monday, March 17, 2014

Check overhead to keep you and natural gas meter safe from leaks

Mother Nature has been taking us on a roller coaster ride. One day it’s mild, the next it’s freezing. This constant freeze-thaw cycle can lead to potential problems around natural gas meters.

Usually we’re reminding you to remove snow around your meter. But this time of year, the bigger problem may lie overhead. If your roof has snow on it – beware. Melting snow can slide off your roof and onto your natural gas meter. Please remove any snow buildup on your roof to prevent this from happening. 

This natural gas meter is encrusted in ice. A dangerous 
situation that can lead to leaks. 
Icicles pose another problem. When it’s mild, they start dripping. A wet gas meter isn’t a problem, but a frozen one is – and that’s what happens when the temperature drops. Ice and snow buildup can damage natural gas meters, which could lead to potentially dangerous gas leaks. Keeping the meter clear ensures that we can get to it quickly in an emergency.

To avoid problems:
  • Remove icicles that may drip water onto the meter. 
  • Avoid kicking or hitting the meter to break away built-up snow or ice. 
  • Use a broom to gently brush snow off the meter. 
  • Always shovel away from the meter. 
  • Take care when using a snow thrower or plow near your meter. 
If you smell a natural gas odor, leave the house immediately and call our natural gas emergency number at 800-261-5325 from a nearby phone.

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