As people begin shoveling the sidewalk and driveway, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. (Enbridge) is reminding customers to clear the snow off their natural gas meter and appliance exhaust vents.
Snow or ice build-up on natural gas meters or appliance vents can cause an interruption to natural gas service and could also cause appliances, like furnaces, to malfunction. This can be a serious safety hazard.
Enbridge has the following safety tips and precautions:
- Use a car brush or broom to remove the snow or ice from meters, regulators and external vents. Don't use sharp objects or force, such as kicking or hitting, to clear the snow or ice as this can cause damage.
- Never pile snow against gas equipment or appliance vents.
- Don't let snow or ice block vents - this could cause dangerous carbon monoxide to buildup indoors.
- Be careful when using a shovel, plow or snow blower near natural gas equipment or appliance vents.
For assistance with clearing a blocked appliance vent, customers should contact a licensed contractor. A list is available on the website at EnbridgeGas.com/FindContractor.
For more information on snow and ice safety please visit EnbridgeGas.com/safetytips or to watch quick safety videos visitSixSecondSafety.com
About Enbridge Gas Distribution
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. has a more than 160-year history and is Canada's largest natural gas distribution company. It is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution and one of the 2013 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations. Enbridge Inc. has been selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2013 and is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers. Enbridge Gas Distribution and its affiliates distribute natural gas to two million customers in Ontario, Quebec, New York State and New Brunswick. For more information, visit www.enbridgegas.com or follow us on Twitter @EnbridgeGasNews.
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