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Keep natural gas meter clear of snow and ice

Snow or ice formations on or near a natural gas meter can cause potentially dangerous conditions by affecting proper operation and ventilation of the regulator, which could lead to over-pressurization, according to CenterPoint Energy.

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Natural gas regulators are designed to maintain a constant pressure, ensure safe delivery of natural gas and vent natural gas safely to the atmosphere. If blocked, pressure may build up, creating a dangerous situation and causing appliances to fail.

CenterPoint Energy would like to remind the public of important winter natural gas safety tips:

● Keep the meter area clear and make a path to the meter.

● Do not deposit snow piles on or near the meter.

● Do not use a snow blower or shovel near the meter or attempt to remove ice from the meter. Use a broom to keep the snow cleared around and on top of the meter and piping.

Call 1-800-296-9815 if there is ice on the meter or one or more of the following conditions exist:

● Snow or ice formations are visible above the meter.

● Meter is located below a downspout.

● Overhang or eave does not fully extend over the meter.

● Meter is located below a roof valley without a gutter.

● Meter is located below an exterior water spout.

If you suspect you have a natural gas leak, leave the area immediately on foot and tell others to do the same.

Do not drive into or near a gas leak or vapor cloud, and do not use electric switches, telephones (including cell phones), or anything that could cause a spark.

Once safely away from the area, call the CenterPoint Energy emergency gas leak hot line at 1-800-296-9815 and 911 to report the location and description of the leak. CenterPoint Energy will send a trained service technician immediately.

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