Stay Safe

Be ready for whatever winter brings with safety tips for your home.

Meter Safety
  • Know the location of your natural gas meter and keep it clear of debris.
  • Following a weather emergency, check that the gas meter is visible and accessible.
  • Don’t lean ladders or metal objects against a meter or piping.
  • Don’t use sharp tools or instruments near the meter.

Appliance Safety
  • Never use your oven or stove top to heat your home or business.
  • Make sure your heating system, water heater and any other natural gas appliances are serviced and inspected annually by a qualified licensed professional.
  • Do not use any defective natural gas appliance until it has been inspected, serviced and determined to be safe by a qualified plumber or heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) professional.

Carbon Monoxide – What is it? How do I detect it?
  • Carbon monoxide, or "CO" is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is potentially poisonous when inhaled.
  • Your best defense is prevention. Install a CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery regularly. Change batteries when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall.
  • The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.
  • If you suspect carbon monoxide exposure: LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY, call 911 and seek medical attention.
Fireplace & Fire Safety
  • Before lighting your first fire of the season, be sure to have your fireplace inspected and cleaned.
  • Use fireplace screens to avoid flying sparks and embers.
  • Never pour lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline on a fireplace.
  • Never leave your fireplace unattended.
  • Have a fire extinguisher handy and always check to make sure it’s not expired.
Snow & Ice Safety
  • Be prepared. Have a shovel, sand or rock salt on hand.
  • When removing snow or ice from your natural gas meter, use your hands or a broom, not a shovel.
  • Never kick or hit your gas meter or its piping with a hammer or any hard object to break away built-up snow or ice.
  • Ensure that outdoor vent openings and air intakes are not obstructed by snow or ice.
  • Take it easy. Avoid overexertion when shoveling – use caution, take breaks, bend your knees, push the snow and lift lighter loads.
  • Snow and ice can cause damage. If your gas meter is damaged or an underground gas line is exposed, move to a safe location immediately and call 911 and Elizabethtown Gas 1.800.492.4009.

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