Chicagoans Brace for Another Round of Frigid Weather

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Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas Encourage Customers to Make Winter Safety Checks

Chicago, IL - As weather reports indicate another round of below zero temperatures is expected, Peoples Gas (PGL) and North Shore Gas (NSG) encourage residents to put ‘safety first’ and offer the following information to ensure their customers stay safe and warm this winter:

Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning can result from improper and/or inefficient burning of natural gas which can result from blocked furnace vents and/or insufficient ventilation. CO is an invisible, tasteless, odorless, undetectable poisonous gas that cannot be detected by human senses. At high concentrations, carbon monoxide can be fatal within minutes. Customers who experience flu-like symptoms only when at home should leave the home and arrange for a carbon monoxide check from their local emergency agency immediately. Illinois law requires every home or apartment to have a CO alarm within 15 feet of sleeping areas.

Customers with high-efficiency furnaces and water heaters that vent through the wall (not into a chimney) should be wary of a buildup of snow or ice outside around the vent. High-efficiency equipment provides great savings, but a blocked vent could cause the heating system to malfunction by shutting off or, in extreme cases, leading to an accumulation of carbon monoxide in the home. Customers should check the outside vents just to make sure they aren’t covered with snow or ice. Snow and high winds can provide conditions that result in blocked vents.

The utilities advise customers to carefully clear the area around their natural gas meters, regulators and piping by brushing away the deep snow to help to ensure their proper and continuous operation. Deep snow and ice buildup around gas meters can lead to meter damage, equipment malfunction and a disruption in service.

After a period of snow accumulation and warmer daytime temperatures, which are followed by freezing nighttime temperatures, residents should be on the lookout for the formation of icicles on roofs. If broken off, larger icicles formed above natural gas meters and regulators could damage the meters, regulators, and piping causing them to malfunction or in extreme cases, a leak.

Natural gas meters needs to be inspected regularly as a safety precaution. If your meter is located inside your home or building, Peoples Gas or North Shore Gas will contact you to make an appointment when your inspection is due. Failure to allow your meter to be inspected could result in disconnection, even during the cold winter months as a safety precaution, so please ensure you respond to any letters requesting access to your meter when contacted.

For more tips on safety around natural gas, including tips on CO safety, please visit our website at www.peoplesgasdelivery.com or www.northshoregasdelivery.com.

About Peoples Gas

Peoples Gas, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 829,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the city of Chicago. For more information about Peoples Gas, visit the company’s website: www.peoplesgasdelivery.com

About North Shore Gas

North Shore Gas, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 158,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers located in 54 communities within the northern suburbs of Chicago. For more information about North Shore Gas, visit the company’s website: www.northshoregasdelivery.com

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