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Nicor Gas Shares Winter Safety Guidelines

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Nov. 17, 2016 – With the winter season fast approaching, Nicor Gas wants to offer customers some important tips to keep their families safe. 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 a furnace and can result in carbon monoxide buildup inside a 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:

Winter Safety

  • 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 888.Nicor4u (888.642.6748) from a safe location.


Weatherization

  • 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.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Safety

  • Install a CO detector near all bedrooms in the house.
  • Do not install a detector near your kitchen or garage or in a room with a furnace.
  • If customers smell natural gas or suspect carbon monoxide is present in their home or business, they should immediately leave the area and call 9-1-1 from a safe location.
  • Residents are encouraged to seek medical attention immediately if anyone in their home or business experiences possible symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, which include headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.

About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas is one of seven natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Nicor Gas serves more than 2.1 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 Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company.  Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.5 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in seven states and more than 1 million retail customers through its companies that market natural gas and related home services. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate gas pipelines, asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit Southern Company Gas at www.southerncompanygas.com

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