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Your outdoor natural gas and electric meters and equipment are
designed to withstand winter weather conditions, but heavy or hard-packed snow
and ice, icicles falling from your eaves, or water dripping from your roof and
freezing on your meter can present a safety hazard. To avoid problems, follow
some basic tips:
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 NIPSCO service personnel, meter
readers and firefighters.
snow completely cover your meter.
shovel snow up against your meter.
in using a snow blower or plow near your meter.
or hit a meter or its piping or wiring to break away built-up snow or ice.
If you think there’s a potential problem, call NIPSCO.
2. Keep 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 meter and connections.
Remove icicles from overhangs.
meter from dripping water which would freeze on meter piping or wiring.
3. Keep air supply ducts and vents clear.
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
requires air for safe combustion and venting of appliances.
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?
snow places stress on your gas 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.
Blocked regulator vents may result in abnormal pressure, affect
appliance operation, and interrupt service.