Reading, PA (February 5, 2010) – With the forecast of snow, the following tips are provided by UGI Central Penn Gas to help keep your natural gas equipment working reliably and safely during winter weather:
• First, always clear snow and ice from the outside vents for your furnace or other gas appliances. This allows the necessary air flow for safe operation. Blocked vents can lead to a dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide.
• If the snow is deep you should clear the area around the gas meter, providing a path for UGI CPG personnel who may require access. Please work carefully around your gas meter. Keep snow blowers and plows away from the gas meter.
• Next, remember that a power outage will affect blowers and newer heaters with electronic ignitions. If your gas heater does not relight when power returns, turn the unit off for a moment, then back on. If it still does not light call a heating professional for service.
• Finally, be aware that a harmless odor, which smells like rotten eggs, is added to natural gas to help you detect a gas leak. If you smell a strong natural gas odor leave the building immediately, taking everyone with you. Do not use the phone, light a match, or switch anything on or off. Leave the door open behind you and call UGI CPG from a neighbor’s home. UGI CPG’s emergency sponse number is: 1-800-652-0550. UGI CPG will send a service technician to investigate the odor right away. Emergency response is available 24-hours a day, every day. Your safety is always
our top priority.
UGI Central Penn Gas, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of UGI Utilities, Inc. UGI Central Penn Gas serves approximately 76,000 customers in 35 counties in eastern and central Pennsylvania, including customers in and around Bedford, Clearfield, Coudersport, Hamburg, Huntington, Lewistown, Lock Haven, Fryburg, Lehighton, Oxford, Pittston, Pottsville, Port Allegany, Shamokin, Shippensburg, Stroudsburg, Troy, Waynesboro and Wellsboro. Additional information about UGI Central Penn Gas is available at www.ugi.com