temperatures continue, NIPSCO is reminding customers to keep their electric
and natural gas meters free of snow and ice.
Although meters are
designed to withstand winter weather conditions, heavy or hard-packed snow
and ice, icicles falling from building eaves, or water dripping from a roof
and freezing on the meter could create potential safety hazards.
To help prevent
these types of problems, customers are urged to follow some basic tips:
„Keep your meter
clear of ice and snow. Use your hands or a broom instead of a shovel to
avoid potential damage to the meter and the piping connected to it. Never
kick or hit your electric or gas meter or its piping with a hammer to break
away built-up snow or ice. If you have no heat or suspect low gas pressure
to your gas appliances, call NIPSCO at (800) 464-7726 to assist you.
„Make sure your
electric and gas meters are visible at all times and accessible for
maintenance by NIPSCO personnel and, if necessary, emergency responders.
detectors should be located on every level of your home, as well as outside
and inside all sleeping areas. Test them monthly and replace the batteries
at least twice a year.
„If you smell the
odor of natural gas (similar to rotten eggs), leave the area immediately and
call 911 and NIPSCO at (800) 464-7726 from a nearby safe location.
„Snow and ice
should be cleared around fresh air and exhaust vents to prevent equipment
malfunction and buildup of toxic fumes and carbon monoxide.
urged to use caution when clearing snow off flat roofs, particularly in
commercial or industrial buildings. There may be rooftop heating or cooling
equipment, as well as electric or fuel lines on the roof, which may not be
easily visible under small amounts of snow cover.
information, visit NIPSCO.com/StaySafe