Reading, PA (January 9, 2009) – 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.
· 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 response 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, headquartered in Reading, PA, 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. For more information, visit www.ugi.com.