For Release: 02/08/2019

Customers urged to clear meters, appliance vents following snowfall this week

Rosemount – With communities across Minnesota receiving several inches of snow this week, Minnesota Energy Resources strongly encourages customers to keep their homes safe by checking and clearing any snow or ice from natural gas meters and appliance vents.

According to the National Weather Service, much of Minnesota Energy Resources' service area has received six or more inches of snow since Tuesday morning. An accumulation of snow and/or ice has the potential to damage a natural gas meter's piping or trap carbon monoxide indoors by blocking natural gas appliance vents. Large icicles also can cause damage to this equipment.

When clearing away snow and ice, customers are reminded to use a broom or their hands. Kicking or hitting a meter or vent, as well as using a shovel, could damage the equipment. Additionally, keeping natural gas meters clear allows Minnesota Energy Resources to easily access or service them throughout the winter.

More heating and winter weather safety tips can be found on the Minnesota Energy Resources website.

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