Proceed With Caution When Removing Ice From Natural Gas Meters


CenterPoint Energy is reminding its customers to proceed with caution when removing ice and snow from natural gas meters because doing so improperly could result in a dangerous gas leak.

Posted: Feb 10, 2021 1:09 PM

With winter weather currently impacting the area, CenterPoint Energy is asking customers to proceed with caution when removing snow and ice from around natural gas meters at their homes and businesses.

According to CenterPoint Energy, ice and snow accumulation can interfere with the proper operation of the natural gas meter that releases natural gas in case of a malfunction.

CenterPoint Energy is asking everyone to be cautious because snow and ice removal could pose a hazard to the meter assembly or piping, and cause a dangerous gas leak.

Here are some tips from CenterPoint Energy for removing snow and/or ice from your natural gas meter:

  • Remove large icicles hanging over meter assemblies and appliance vents.
  • If your natural gas meter is near a sidewalk or driveway, make sure whoever removes snow from your property is aware of its location.
  • Use a broom – not a shovel – to clear snow from your meter assembly and vents.
  • If your meter is encased in ice, do not attempt to melt and/or chip the ice, as this could cause damage. Allow the ice to melt on its own.
  • Particular attention should be paid when moving snow on a commercial lot. Be sure not to pile snow around natural gas meters.
  • Consider installing driveway entrance reflectors around meters in close proximity to a roadway or driveway.
  • As always, if you suspect a natural gas leak or if your meter has been damaged, call CenterPoint Energy at 1-800-227-1376.

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