Winter Weather Safety Tips
Although outdoor natural gas meters are designed to withstand winter weather, those packed in snow or ice could experience a temporary interruption of service.
To help avoid these types of problems, customers are advised to take the following steps:
- Keep your natural gas meter clear of ice and snow
- Remove the snow or ice with your hands or use a broom to brush snow away
- Never kick or hit your natural gas meter or its piping with a hammer or other hard object to break away built up snow or ice
- Make sure your natural gas meter is visible at all times and accessible for maintenance and emergency responders
- Keep natural gas vents clear, unobstructed and free of debris. Some direct-vent and high-efficiency appliances have direct side wall outdoor vents and air intakes that could become obstructed during heavy snowfall
Customers should call the Elkton Gas emergency/leak line number - 866.281.6774 - at if they smell natural gas or believe they have a natural gas leak.
In the event a home loses power, customers are advised to use alternate heating sources sparingly and safely to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless non-corrosive gas created whenever combustion takes place without sufficient oxygen.