Monroe MI – With an abundance of snow this winter, Michigan Gas Utilities (MGU) has several reminders about snow removal, piling of snow, and reading meters and icicle formation.
Public or Private snowplowing services should use caution when moving snow near utility services and meters, primarily meters near businesses. Plowing heavy snow onto meters could damage them resulting in a loss of service and creating a safety hazard.
If meters become covered with heavy snow, customers should clear them by hand without heavy shovels, rakes, or other items. Customers who choose to clear their roof of snow using shovels or rakes should be extremely cautious when working near power lines. When clearing the roof, take care not to shovel or rake the snow onto meters, which could be damaged.
We’re moving to the time of the year when the radiant heat from the sun can melt snow even at below freezing temperatures creating icicles. Icicles that are allowed to “grow” too long pose another danger to gas meters. When larger icicles break off, they could cause damage to the meter creating a safety hazard, as well as interrupt gas service.
MGU appreciates customers who maintain access to gas meters for reading and creating accurate bills. MGU does not have automated meter reading, so the meter needs to be accessible to avoid estimated billings.