Chicago, IL – As the Chicagoland area braces for yet another layer of snow and the piles of plowed and shoveled snow grows taller, Peoples Gas (PGL) and North Shore Gas (NSG) reminds businesses and residents the importance of keeping the area around their natural gas meters, regulators and piping clear from 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. Simply brushing deep snow away from the meter and regulator with a broom is sufficient. Never use a shovel or motorized snow removal equipment near your natural gas meter.
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 and call Peoples Gas at (866) 556-6001 or North Shore Gas at (866) 556-6004 in cases of heavy ice buildups around the vents.
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, 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.
As a reminder, 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.
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