Make Sure Your Natural Gas and Electric Meters are Clear of Snow and Ice
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Tina Potthoff, Media Relations Manager, at 515-281-2585
Tim Grabinski, Director, Communication Planning, at 515-281-2343
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Feb. 22, 2013) – Accumulations of snow and ice can interrupt a home's or business’ natural gas supply and create unsafe operating conditions, which is why MidAmerican Energy Company is reminding customers about the importance of keeping electric and natural gas meters and pressure regulators free of snow and ice.
Customers should take the following precautions to keep their gas supply operating safely and uninterrupted and provide accurate meter reading and billing.
MidAmerican Energy offers the following safety tips in the event of a power outage:
- Check all venting systems to the outside of your home, including furnace, dryer and water heater vents and chimney flues to ensure they are not blocked. If vents or flues become blocked, carbon monoxide may build to dangerous levels.
- Customers should avoid plowing or piling snow against meters or gas regulators and vents.
- Use a broom rather than a shovel to clear snow from your meter or gas regulator.
- If your meter or gas regulator becomes encased in ice, do not try to melt or chip the ice. Call MidAmerican Energy for service at 888-427-5632.
- In a safe manner from the ground, carefully remove icicles on the section of your roof or gutter that overhangs the meter. Water dripping on meters or gas regulators can freeze and cover the equipment with ice.
- For customers whose meters have not been upgraded to automated meter reading, clear a path to your meters. A clear path to the meter will help MidAmerican Energy meter readers stay safe and prevent estimated reads and inaccurate bills.
MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa’s largest energy company, provides electric service to 732,000 customers and natural gas service to 714,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via www.midamericanenergy.com.