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CenterPoint Energy offers natural gas meter safety tips

CenterPoint Energy reminds the public of tips to stay safe, prevent service interruption and ensure proper meter operation.

Snow and ice accumulation on or near the natural gas meter set or above a meter set on a roof can cause potentially dangerous conditions including natural gas buildup in homes and businesses and service disruptions.

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Accumulations of snow and ice can affect proper operation or ventilation of the regulator. Regulators are designed to maintain a constant pressure, ensure safe delivery of natural gas and vent natural gas safely to the atmosphere.

Snow can block vents and freeze the meter, causing improper operation. Thawing snow or ice dams from rooftops above the meter should be kept clear to prevent the dam from falling on the meter set.

Additionally, customers should maintain a clear path to the meter set to provide easy access to the natural gas meter.

CenterPoint Energy offers the following winter natural gas safety tips:

● Keep the meter area and a path to the meter clear of snow and debris.

● 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, snow or ice formations are visible above the meter, the meter is located below a downspout, the overhang or eave does not fully extend over the meter, the meter is located below a roof valley without a gutter or the meter is located below an exterior water spout.

● If a natural gas leak is suspected, leave the area immediately on foot and tell others to do the same.

● 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.

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