Reading, PA (February 5, 2010) – With the forecast of snow, the following tips are provided by UGI Penn Natural 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 build-up of carbon monoxide.
• If the snow is deep, you should clear the area around the gas meter, providing a path for UGI PNG 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 PNG from a neighbor’s home. UGI PNG’s emergency response number is: 1-800-228-1110. UGI PNG 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 Penn Natural Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of UGI Utilities, Inc. UGI Penn Natural Gas serves approximately 158,000 customers in 13 counties throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania, including customers in and around Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport. Additional information about UGI’s Penn Natural Gas is available at www.ugi.com.