National Fuel would like to remind everyone to be safe this holiday season and have given us some tips for Winter safety.
As far as gas meters are concerned, they would like people to ensure outdoor gas meter safety and proper maintenance by:
- Keeping the gas meter and area around the meter free of snow
- Clearing paths to the meter
- Informing those working, shoveling, plowing or snow blowing around a meter of its location
- Calling National Fuel, 1-800-365-3234 if a meter becomes encased in ice (do not attempt to break or melt the ice)
- Exercising caution when removing icicles from a meter or any area of the roof above the meter
- Not letting children play or climb on the meter
Vent pipes for furnaces can become easily clogged with debris, ice or snow causing the furnace to malfunction and possibly for carbon monoxide gas to enter the home. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are fatigue, coughing, headache, irregular breathing, dizziness, overall paleness, nausea and cherry red lips and/or ears. Those who experience these symptoms should open windows and doors, move outside and call 911. Severe poisoning can cause unconsciousness, brain damage, and death.
They advise the following for CO safety:
- Having a qualified professional inspect and test the chimney, appliances, and heating equipment annually
- Install at least one CO detector in your home
- Never use a gas oven or stovetop for heating your home
- Never run a gasoline engine (such as a gasoline generator) or an automobile in an enclosed space
- Never use a portable charcoal or propane grill indoors
Their motto, if you smell gas, leave fast... if a rotten-egg natural gas odor is present, leave the premises immediately and call National Fuel's emergency line 1-800-444-3130 from a different location. If you smell gas outdoors, call the emergency number and provide the address nearest to the site of the odor.
For more safety tips, please visit www.nationalfuelgas.com/utility/gassafety.aspx.
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