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Blocked vents can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning
February 4, 2015
Hampton, NH
In light of additional snow forecasted through the rest of the week, the American Red Cross and Unitil, (www.unitil.com), a provider of natural gas and electricity to customers in New England, are urging residents to make sure vents and meters remain clear of snow and ice around your home or business.  
 
“With snow totals over the last 10 days approaching four feet in some locations, it becomes a challenge to figure out where to put all the snow, and customers might not understand the importance of making sure one’s vent does not become blocked,” Unitil Media Relations Manager Alec O’Meara said. “Know where the vent is at your home, and check it regularly to assure it remains clear.”
As snow accumulates, Unitil is advising customers to take the following steps:
  • Remove snow and ice carefully from a meter or outdoor appliance vent carefully with a broom. Do not use a shovel as it can damage the meter.  
  • Avoid shoveling or plowing snow up against or covering the meter or pipe.
  • Remove icicles from overhead eaves and gutters to assure dripping water does not freeze the meter or vent pipe. Contact a qualified roofing vendor if you cannot reach icicles yourself.
  • Do not kick your gas meter in an attempt to break ice off, as this too can cause damage.
 
For additional advice on preparing for severe winter weather, please visit www.unitil.com.
 
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Unitil Corporation provides energy for life by safely and reliably delivering natural gas and electricity in New England. We are committed to the communities we serve and to developing people, business practices, and technologies that lead to the delivery of dependable, more efficient energy. Unitil Corporation is a public utility holding company with operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Together, Unitil’s operating utilities serve approximately 104,300 electric customers and 79,900 natural gas customers. Other subsidiaries include Usource, Unitil’s non-regulated business segment. For more information about our people, technologies, and community involvement please visit www.unitil.com.

 


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Alec O'Meara

Media Relations Manager
OMeara@unitil.com
Phone: 603-773-6404

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