Winter Safety Tips - Kitchener Utilities
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Winter Safety Tips

A Winter Safety Reminder

It's important to keep snow and ice from building up on your gas meter. Although these devices are designed for outdoor use, gas meters need to vent. If ice or snow builds up around your gas meter and prevents it from venting, the gas buildup could be forced back into the house, with potentially dangerous consequences.

The video below shares some important safety tips for your natural gas meter and vents.

Protect Your Home This Winter

  • Use a broom to sweep your gas equipment free of snow and ice. Never kick or hit your gas meter, pressure regulator, or piping to free up snow or ice buildup
  • Keep all your exhaust and intake vents clear
  • Keep a clear path to your gas meter
  • Do not shovel, blow, or plow snow up against your gas meter equipment
  • If there is a fire hydrant near your home, make sure the hydrant is clear and accessible in case there is an emergency.
  • Please remove icicles from your overhead eaves trough and watch for buildup of freezing rain or water dripping from the roof or eaves trough onto your meter. If there is an extremely large buildup, do not try to chip it off. Give us a call at (519) 741-2529 and we'll remove the ice - for free
  • In extremely cold weather, water pipes are at risk of bursting. To help prevent pipes from bursting, it is recommended to leave taps to drip slowly and increase the temperature within the home over night.

If you have a problem with ice or snow buildup on your gas meter equipment or suspect a problem, please call our Gas/Water Service at (519) 741-2529 and select option #3.