Avoid dangerous health issues and utility damage.
New England is no stranger to a winter storm. When snow and ice greet our area, however, it’s important to ensure the safety of our homes and businesses.
Ice and snow can build up outside a building and cause damage to your utilities. To prevent utility damage, be sure to clear ice and snow from your meters and vents.
What to Know
Dangers of carbon monoxide build-up
Use a broom to keep gas meters and pipes clear during the winter. Chimneys and vents for gas appliances must be cleared following a major snow or ice storm to ensure proper venting and prevent carbon monoxide build-up inside your dwelling. Be sure to install a carbon monoxide detector inside to help you stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning and install protection above your gas meter to prevent ice build-up on the meter and metering equipment.
How to clear ice and snow properly and safely
- Do not use a shovel to keep equipment clear of snow and ice because it can damage the meter.
- Do not shovel snow up against the meter or vent pipe.
- Remove icicles from overhead eaves and gutters to prevent icicles from falling and damaging equipment or dripping water from splashing and freezing on the meter or vent pipe.
- Do not kick your gas meter to break or clear ice.
- If you smell gas, immediately leave the area, do not try to turn off your gas or use any electronic devices such as a cellphone or light switch, and when in a safe place call 911 and then Unitil.
If you cannot safely remove the roof snow and ice yourself, contact a qualified roofing contractor.