Agency Warns About Gas Meter Snow Buildup

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With all the snow that’s fallen on Minnesota so far this season, a state agency is urging residents to check their outdoor gas meters to make sure they’re free of ice and snow buildup.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Pipeline Safety says accumulated ice and snow can block the regulator vent.

The office says the vent must be unobstructed to work properly. If the vent is sealed, the gas regulator won’t work. That could either cause gas leaks inside your home or a lack of gas flow, resulting in frozen pipes and no heat.

Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl says snow should be gently brushed off the meter assembly — not shoveled. If the meter has ice on it, Rosendahl advises calling your energy company.

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  • RIII

    This is a real problem. Your gas meter should be kept clear of ice and snow at all times. If you are a renter or live in an apartment building contact the owner or property management company if you see your gas meter is obstructed with ice or snow. If you are physically disabled or do not know what a gas meter is contact your natural gas supplier using the phone number on your billing statement. We all should also watch out for our elderly or disabled neighbors!

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