Reading, PA (February 5, 2010) – With the forecast of snow, the following tips are provided by UGI Utilities 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 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 from a neighbor’s home. UGI’s emergency response number is: 1-800-609-4844. UGI 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’s Gas Division is headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania and serves approximately 320,000 customers in 15 southeastern Pennsylvania counties, including customers in and around Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Hazleton, Harrisburg, Lancaster and Reading. Additional information about UGI’s Gas Division is available at www.ugi.com.