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December 12, 2019

11/27/2019 7:29:00 AM
WPS: Keep your home safe by clearing snow from gas meters and vents
A buildup of snow can damage pipes and trap carbon monoxide

With the first big snowstorm of the season hitting the area, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is reminding customers to clear snow and ice from natural gas meters and heating vents.

Mind your meter

• Use hands or a broom instead of a shovel to clear snow and ice away from a meter.

A shovel can damage the equipment.

• Be careful plowing or snow blowing near a meter, and don't pile snow on top of it.

• Do not hit or kick a meter to break up snow or ice.

• Remove icicles from above a meter to prevent damage if they fall.

Snow can cause damage

A buildup of snow can place stress on a meter's pipes, which could result in damage to the equipment and even a natural gas leak. Meters left covered by snow or ice may also lead to issues with home appliances or an interruption in service. Clearing meters allows WPS employees to properly service them in an emergency.

Snow can also block appliance vents, trapping carbon monoxide indoors.

In addition to keeping those vents clear, make sure carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

If you smell natural gas, leave the area immediately and call the WPS gas emergency line at 800-450-7280.

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