Safety Measures for Natural Gas Appliances in Winter

By: WIFR Newsroom
By: WIFR Newsroom

ILLINOIS (WIFR) -- During winter, there are several safety measures residents can take to care for their outdoor natural gas meter and appliance venting.

According to a press release from Nicor:

- To ensure the safe, proper operation of natural gas appliances, such as a furnace and water heater, and to prevent a potentially hazardous buildup of carbon monoxide within our homes, ensure that outdoor vent openings and air intakes are not obstructed by snow or ice.

- Exercise caution removing snow or ice from our natural gas meter assemblies. Use our hands or a broom, not a shovel, to brush away snow or ice from our meters and regulators. Never kick or hit our gas meters or its piping with a hammer or any hard object to break away built-up snow or ice.

- Following a weather emergency, ensure the gas meter is visible at all times and accessible to emergency responders.

- Heavy snow and ice may weigh down power lines and tree limbs, causing them to fall. If a natural gas meter is damaged or gas line is exposed, immediately leave the area and call the 24-hour emergency response line, at (888) NICOR4U (888-642-6748) from a safe location.

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