Keep Gas Meters Clear of Snow
Keeping this equipment clear of snow and ice will help ensure your gas system is working safely and reliably. Simply use a broom or your hand to clear the equipment. Also, take care when operating snow blowers or plows around meters to avoid damage. Should a meter become encased in ice or begin to make an unusual noise please call us at 570-888-9664 or 800-998-4427.
Homeowners should be alert to potential ice build-up on rooftops. Falling ice and snow can damage utility meters or regulators. You can contact qualified roofing contractors for safe removal of snow and ice accumulation above utility meters and regulators.
Chimneys and vents for gas appliances should also be cleared following a major snow or ice storm to enable proper venting, two-way air flow and prevent equipment malfunction or carbon monoxide poisoning.
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Please keep the following safety tips in mind as well:
- Remove snow and ice from the meter or appliance vent pipe carefully with a broom or by hand. Do not use a shovel because it can damage the meter.
- Do not shovel snow up against the meter or vent pipe. After clearing snow from your roof, double-check to make sure your meter and vents are clear.
- Remove icicles from overhead eaves and gutters to assure dripping water does not splash and freeze on the meter or vent pipes. Contact a qualified roofing vendor if you cannot safely remove the snow and ice yourself.
- Do not kick your gas meter to break or clear ice.
- Clear a path to the meter so Valley Energy employees or emergency responders can access it.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home, and make sure they are working properly.
- Never use your gas stove as a heating source.