Corning Natural Gas Corporation would like to remind its customers that it is important during the winter months to keep snow and ice from building up on your gas meter. Your outdoor gas meter and equipment are designed to withstand winter weather conditions, but heavy or hard packed snow and ice on your meter can present a safety hazard. To avoid problems:
- Never let snow completely cover your meter. Keep your meter clear of snow by brushing it off with a broom. Do not shovel or blow snow on top of, or against your meter. Be careful when using a plow near your meter. Accumulated snow places stress on your piping, and damage to the piping can cause a gas leak;
- Never let ice accumulate on your meter. A buildup of ice on the meter can plug the vent and adversely affect the operation of the gas pressure regulator, resulting in a potentially hazardous condition by preventing the flow of natural gas. Do not allow over-hanging ice from the roof or gutters above the meter to fall on top of the meter. Keep your gutters cleaned out and replace/repair any that are leaking;
- Never kick or hit the gas meter or its piping to break away a build-up of snow or ice;
- In the event of an emergency, our crews need clear access to your meter. Our crews will have to clear access to the meter if you have not already done so.
As always, if you suspect a problem or smell natural gas, please call us at 607-936-3755.