Caution needed if you must remove snow, ice around gas meter, Vectren says

An abundance of caution should be used if you have to remove snow and ice around a natural gas meter at home or at a business, officials with Vectren Energy Delivery said.

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Ice and snow accumulation can interfere with the proper operation of the gas meter given it needs to be able to release gas in case of a malfunction. Snow removal activities can also pose a hazard to the gas meter assembly or piping and result in a dangerous leak.

Follow these guidelines when removing snow and/or ice:

• Remove large icicles hanging over meter assemblies and appliance vents

• Make sure whoever removes snow from your property is aware if your gas meter is near a sidewalk or driveway

• Use a broom – not a shovel – to clear snow from meter assembly and vents.

• If your gas meter is encased in ice, do not attempt to melt and/or chip the ice, as this could damage the meter. Allow the ice to melt on its own.

• Pay particular attention when moving snow on a commercial lot. Don’t pile snow around gas meters.

• Consider installing driveway entrance reflectors around gas meters if they’re close to a road or driveway.

• If you suspect a gas leak or if your meter has been damaged, call Vectren at 1-800-227-1376.

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