Columbus, OH – As most of Ohio experiences the latest winter storm, Columbia Gas of Ohio is reminding customers of important safety tips during snowy and icy conditions.
To avoid safety hazards, customers should:
- Keep natural gas meters clear of snow and ice to ensure they are visible at all times for maintenance by Columbia Gas, and if necessary emergency responders, and to ensure proper venting.
- Remove snow from the meter with hands or a broom. Never use a shovel, or kick or hit the meter to break away snow or ice. If the meter is encased in ice, contact Columbia Gas for assistance.
- Keep fresh air and exhaust vents for natural gas appliances free of snow, ice and debris to prevent equipment malfunction.
- Use caution when removing snow from flat rooftops, especially in commercial and industrial buildings, as there may be heating and cooling equipment and electric or fuel lines that may not be visible under the snow.
- As always, if customers smell natural gas at any time, they should leave the area and call Columbia Gas at 1-800-344-4077.
Natural gas prices remain at low levels, however many homeowners may be struggling to pay their home heating bills. Customers should contact Columbia Gas at 1-800-344-4077, at the first sign that they may have difficulty paying their home heating bills. There are several payment plans and options available for customers.
Columbia Gas also offers several energy efficiency programs for all income levels. These programs provide for a home energy inspection or audit, and safety checks of natural gas appliances. The programs also provide additional incentives to implement recommendations made by the professional energy auditors. More information is available at www.columbiagasohio.com/ways-to-save.
Columbia Gas of Ohio safely delivers clean and efficient natural gas to approximately 1.4 million customers in 61 of Ohio’s 88 counties. With headquarters in Columbus, it is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) and is the largest natural gas utility in the state. NiSource companies deliver energy to approximately 3.8 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England. More information about Columbia Gas of Ohio is available at: ColumbiaGasOhio.com. Be sure to call 811 at least two business days before you dig. For information about natural gas safety and what to do if you suspect a gas leak, go to: www.safegasohio.org.