Vermont Gas Systems Offers Cold Weather Safety Tips
South Burlington, Vt. – Bitter temperatures are coming to the Green Mountains and Vermont Gas wants to make sure safety is top of mind. Here are some important safety reminders:
- Keep gas meters free from snow and ice – use a broom, not a shovel, to clear snow from your meter assembly and vents.
- Keep exterior sidewall vents clear – if a vent becomes buried in snow or blocked otherwise, equipment may shut down or draw exhaust fumes into a home.
- Test smoke alarms – It is important to have smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside each sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. If possible, smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.
- Test carbon monoxide alarms – Carbon monoxide (CO) is colorless, odorless and tasteless. Exposure to even small quantities of CO can cause flu-like symptoms. Higher levels can be dangerous. Test and replace CO detectors as needed. Properly maintain and vent your appliances. Never use a gas stove to heat your home and do not use a generator indoors or near the home. If you suspect CO poisoning, call 911 or local fire department, seek fresh air and remain outside.
- Report all gas leaks – Natural gas and propane have an odor similar to that of rotten eggs. If you suspect a gas leak, leave the area, call 911 and contact your fuel supplier.
- Inspect appliances and furnaces once a year – all furnaces and gas appliances should be inspected and serviced at least once a year by a qualified professional.
For more safety information, please visit VermontGas.com.