Nicor Gas Reminds Customers of Winter Safety Guidelines
Cold weather tips will ensure safe delivery of natural gas
NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Nov. 19, 2015 – With the season’s first snowfall in the forecast, Nicor Gas wants to offer customers some tips to keep their families safe this winter season. Snow and ice accumulation on or near a natural gas meter or an outdoor appliance venting area may be dangerous if not removed. Snow and ice can impact the operation of the meter and regulator and lead to a natural gas leak. A blocked exhaust vent can affect the performance of the furnace and can result in carbon monoxide buildup inside the home or building. To ensure safe and continued delivery of natural gas during the upcoming winter months, Nicor Gas offers the following winter preparedness guidelines:
- Keep meters clear of snow and ice.
- Remove icicles that may drip water onto the meter.
- Use a broom to move snow away from the meter; avoid using shovels or snow blowers.
- Check outdoor vent openings and air intakes to ensure appliances are not obstructed by snow or ice or any other debris.
- Ensure the natural gas meter is visible and accessible at all times.
- Heavy snow and ice may weigh down power lines and tree limbs, causing them to fall. If a natural gas meter is damaged or a gas line is exposed, immediately leave the area and call the 24-hour emergency response line, at 1-888-Nicor4u (1-888-642-6748) from a safe location.
- Open curtains during the day to allow sunlight to heat your home naturally, and close curtains at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
- Keep furniture, drapes, stuffed animals and other objects away from your heating sources.
- Caulk and weather-strip drafty doors and windows.
- Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months.
- Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring penetrates through exterior walls, floors and ceilings.
- Install insulated gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on exterior walls to prevent drafts.
- Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home.
About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), is a natural gas distribution company that serves more than 2 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit www.nicorgas.com.
About AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services and midstream operations. AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves more than one million retail customers through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Pivotal Home Solutions, which market natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. AGL Resources is a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com.