Excessive snow and ice build up can damage gas meters, causing gas accumulation and potential house fires.
A temporary cover can help prevent meter damage. It can be as simple as a plywood sheet leaning against the house to deflect the falling snow.
Do not bury the meter and avoid ploughing into it with snow removal equipment. When removing snow from rooftops, take care that the meter does not become covered in ice or snow.
If you smell gas inside your home, follow these steps.
- Extinguish all smoking material or any other source of open flame. Do not operate electrical switches, appliances or thermostats.
- Shut off the main gas valve, open the windows and doors, and get everyone outside and away from the building. If the smell is very strong or if you hear a blowing or hissing noise, leave immediately.
- Odorant is added to propane and natural gas. If gas escapes, it emits an unpleasant “rotten eggs” smell.
How to turn off our meter: Using a wrench or other suitable tool, give the valve a quarter turn in either direction so that it is crosswise to the pipe
You can turn your gas off at the main shut-off valve on the inlet pipe next to your gas meter.
Using a wrench or other suitable tool, give the valve a quarter turn in either direction so that it is crosswise to the pipe
CAUTION! Once the gas is shut off at the meter, DON’T try to turn it back on. Only a certified gas technician can turn the gas on safely. Call Terasen Gas or any qualified gas fitter to restore gas service. If leaking gas starts to burn, don’t try to put the flame out. Leave immediately and only shut off the gas at the meter if you are able.
Gas emergencies 24 hours a day. Phone: 1-800-663-9911
This message brought to in part by Sun Peaks Fire Rescue, Tersasen Gas and the BC Safety Authority!