The recent winter weather that just came through Missouri is a good time to remind all that winters are tough on gas meters and pipes. The build-up of ice and snow on gas equipment can make the equipment susceptible to damage or cause operational problems. Next time you are cleaning your drive way, take a look at the gas meter and see if it is buried by snow. If it is, gently take a broom and clear the snow away from the meter. By using a broom you are less likely to damage the meter. Remember that if you smell gas, leave the area and call your gas company from another location. Click here for a listing of Missouri Natural Gas Operators.
Snow and ice can also block chimneys or air vents for gas appliances. Be sure to check that all vent have the appropriate caps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.