WPS: Keep area around meters and vents clear of snow and ice


    These two photos show how snow should be properly cleared away from natural gas meter. (Photos courtesy of Wisconsin Public Service)<p>{/p}

    GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- With more snow on the way, utility companies are reminding customers to keep the area around meters and appliance vents clear.

    Wisconsin Public Service says some crew members have encountered several natural gas meters buried or covered in snow this season.

    Officials say an accumulation of snow and ice has the potential to damage a natural gas meter's piping or trap carbon monoxide indoors by blocking natural gas appliance vents.

    When clearing away debris, customers are encouraged to use a soft broom or their hands. Kicking or hitting a meter or using a shovel could damage the equipment.

    Keeping the area around meters and vents clear of snow and ice allows utility companies easy access to them throughout the winter.

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