For Release: 03/08/2019
Clearing meters, vents a crucial safety step during weekend winter storm
Rosemount – With another winter storm expected to add as much as a foot of snow this weekend, Minnesota Energy Resources continues to urge customers to check and clear any buildup of snow or ice from natural gas meters and appliance vents. Additionally, icicles or ice dams should be cleared from the area above this equipment to avoid damage.
More than five feet of snow has fallen in portions of Minnesota this year, with as many as two feet remaining on the ground according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The substantial snowfall has led Minnesota Energy Resources crews to encounter several meters buried underneath snowdrifts or plowed snow piles.
Minnesota Energy Resources reminds customers accumulations of snow or ice can damage a natural gas meter's piping. They also can block appliance vents, trapping carbon monoxide indoors. Meters left covered by snow or ice also may lead to issues with a home’s appliances or an interruption in service.
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. Customers also should use caution when snow blowing or plowing around this equipment, and should avoid placing snow on top of it.
Additional winter weather safety tips are available on the Minnesota Energy Resources website.
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