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Elizabethtown Gas Offers Tips to Keep You Safe During a Winter Storm

UNION, NJ, January 28, 2022 – At Elizabethtown Gas, we consider the safety of our customers and the communities we serve a top priority. As we prepare our system and workforce for the potentially significant winter storm approaching our service territory, Elizabethtown Gas offers these tips to help keep our customers safe throughout the duration of the storm.     

Prepare for the Storm:
  • Have a family emergency plan in place with details on what to do in the event of an emergency.
  • Gather emergency kit supplies such as water, food, flashlights, a battery-powered radio, and an up-to-date fire extinguisher.
  • Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector, and it is in working condition.
  • Fuel your car and have sand or rock salt on hand to melt snow and ice on walkways and steps.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves in case of a burst pipe.
  • Remember, it is not necessary to turn off gas service. Your natural gas service should operate safely throughout the winter storm.

During and after the storm:

  • Be sure to check your natural gas meter to ensure it is clear of snow and ice.  Shovel and brush off snow carefully. Do not pour hot water on or attempt to chip ice off your meter to avoid damaging equipment. In addition, avoid using a snowblower around your meter.
  • Keep gas utility and appliance vents clear from snow that may drift up along the foundation of a home to avoid the potential for dangerous indoor natural gas buildup. The vent can become plugged when ice and snow melt during the day and refreeze at night.
  • If at any time you suspect a gas leak, evacuate the area immediately. Once you are away from the area, call the Elizabethtown Gas Leak Hotline at 1-800-492-4009. Do not use anything that may cause a spark, including matches, phones, or any motorized equipment in the area where the odor and/or hissing sound exists.
  • Practice caution when using alternate sources of heat such as a space heater. Be sure to always follow manufacturer instructions for use. 

For more safety information, visit https://www.elizabethtowngas.com/safety-education/committed-to-safety.

About Elizabethtown Gas

Elizabethtown Gas, a subsidiary of SJI (NYSE: SJI), delivers safe, reliable, and affordable natural gas and promotes energy efficiency to over 300,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in parts of Union, Middlesex, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Morris and Mercer counties. For seven years in a row, Elizabethtown Gas has ranked highest in customer satisfaction for residential gas service among east midsize utilities by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit elizabethtowngas.com.

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