Winter gas meter safety
Make sure you’re protecting your gas meter — as well as the pipes connected to it — from damage from snow and ice.
Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to winter gas meter safety:
What to do
- Do gently brush away snow or ice around the meter, regulator and any other piping using a broom or your hand to keep it clear of ice and snow.
- Do check where snow or ice collect on your roof or anything else that’s hanging over your gas meter. Clear them off to make sure nothing falls on your gas equipment.
- Do designate someone to clear your gas meter and sidewall appliance vents regularly at your vacation home while you’re away. After you’re back in the home, be especially attentive to any gas odor.
- Do call us right away if you notice any snow or ice buildup that you can’t remove easily.
- Do call 911 right away if you if you smell, hear or see a leak.
- Do install one or more carbon monoxide detectors inside your home.
What not to do
- Don't let your vents get clogged. Dangerous carbon monoxide can build up in your house if your sidewall appliance vents are clogged. A blocked vent on the regulator next to your meter can result in high gas pressure that could damage appliances and cause a dangerous gas leak.
- Don't attempt to remove snow or ice by kicking or hitting equipment.
- Don't allow icicles to build up above the meter or regulator.
- Don't shovel snow off roofs onto your gas meter equipment.
- Don't fully enclose the meter or hamper our ability to service the equipment.
Clearing snow off your meter
Here are a few photos of a residential gas meter in three different stages of buried to unburied. The snow piled on top of the meter after the area received more than 15 inches of snow, followed by 80 mph winds.