Winter Reminders from Black Hills Energy: Clear Snow from Gas Meter

With over a foot of snow on the ground and continuous back-to-back snowstorms, Black Hills Energy has some reminders for you to stay safe when it comes to your gas meter.

Snow and ice build-up on your natural gas meter can create a safety hazard and even cut off the flow of natural gas to your heating equipment and other appliances. Gas meters and regulators are durable and designed with weather in mind, but a coating of ice or snow could cause a loss of service – and become a critical safety issue.

Black Hills Energy recommends gently clearing away any snow from your meter by hand or with a broom. Keep snowblowers and shovels away from gas meters and any other above-ground equipment. Carefully clear snow away from the outdoor vent on high-efficiency furnaces (it won’t run safely or efficiently if the vent is blocked). And safely remove ice build-up from overhead eaves that could fall and damage gas meters below.

More snow is expected this weekend… with freezing rain possible late Friday night into Saturday morning, then turning to rain during the day and transitioning to snow Saturday night into Sunday morning. Winds are expected to pick up too, gusting as high as 50 miles per hour during the day Sunday. Stay with Mix 94.7 KMCH for the latest weather updates.