Vermont Gas offers winter storm safety information

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Vermont Gas offers winter storm safety information

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 10:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mother Nature is sending some snow our way and Vermont Gas wants to make sure customers play it safe. Forecasters are calling for as much as nine inches expected Wednesday, with heaviest accumulation between noon and 7 pm. Vermont Gas encourages the public to be careful when traveling and to take the proper safety precautions around the home. Vermont Gas has also cancelled its informational open house in Bristol. More information will be provided when a new date has been set.

Report suspected gas leak – above all, if you think you smell natural gas or propane, report it right away. Natural gas and propane have an odor similar to that of rotten eggs. If you suspect a gas leak, leave the area, call 911 and contact Vermont Gas at 1-800-639-8081 or your propane fuel supplier.

Keep gas meters free from snow and ice – with so much snow predicted, it’s very important to keep your meter clear of snow and ice. Use a broom, not a shovel, which could cause damage, to clear snow from your meter assembly and vents.

Keep exterior sidewall vents clear – if a vent becomes buried in snow or blocked, equipment may shut down or draw potentially dangerous exhaust fumes into a home. Use a broom as described above to keep vents clear.

Test smoke alarms – it is important to have working smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside each sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Test alarms to be sure they are functioning properly and have battery power if necessary.

Test carbon monoxide alarms – carbon monoxide (CO) is colorless, odorless and tasteless. Exposure to even small quantities of CO can cause flu-like symptoms. Higher levels can be dangerous. Test and replace CO detectors as needed. Properly maintain and vent your appliances. If you suspect CO poisoning, call 911and seek fresh air and remain outside. Learn more about CO safety here.

Source: South Burlington, Vermont – 2.6.2018