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Natural gas meters might be located inside or outside
the building. Inside gas meters are vented to the outside. Although
outdoor natural gas meters and equipment are designed to
withstand winter weather conditions, heavy or hard-packed snow and ice,
icicles falling from your eaves, or water dripping from your roof and
on your meter can present a safety hazard. Also, snow and ice build-up
around the fresh air and exhaust vents for gas appliances might cause
equipment to malfunction, and could possibly create a hazardous
situation with carbon monoxide due to poor venting. To avoid problems,
follow some basic
1. Keep your meter clear of snow and ice.
Make sure your meter is
visible at all times and accessible for maintenance and emergency
responders, like Columbia Gas service personnel, meter readers and
Never let snow completely cover
Don't shovel snow up
against your meter.
Where possible, use a broom instead of a shovel to clear snow away from the meter.
Take care in using a snow
blower or plow near your meter.
NEVER kick or hit the gas meter
or its piping to break away built-up snow or ice. Remove the snow or ice with your hands.
If your gas meter is complletely encased in ice, or if you think
there's a potential problem with the piping or equipment, call Columbia Gas.
your eaves troughs clear.
Icicles hanging from your
eaves trough, water dripping from your roof, or freezing rain can create
an icy build-up on your gas meter and connections.
Remove icicles from overhangs.
Protect your meter from
dripping water that could freeze on meter piping.
3. Keep air supply ducts and vents clear.
Keep vents unobstructed and free
of debris. Some direct-vent and high-efficiency appliances have side wall
vents and air intakes that could become obstructed during heavy snow fall.
Gas equipment requires air for
safe combustion and venting of appliances.
Know where your air supply
ducts are and keep them free of snow and ice.
Check that your chimney or roof vent is clear.
Why is it so
important to keep your meter clear?
Accumulated snow places stress on your meter piping, and damage to the piping can cause a gas leak.
In case of emergency, emergency response crews need clear access to your meter.