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Published February 18, 2013, 04:34 PM

Xcel urges you to clean snow and ice off your gas meter

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Xcel Energy is asking customers to clear ice and snow away from their gas meters.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Xcel Energy is asking customers to clear ice and snow away from their gas meters.

This is what energy companies like Xcel have to deal with when people don't clear away the snow. And it could be dangerous to you and your family.

As the ice and snow pile up, natural gas can build up in the home or building. Xcel also says appliance vents should be cleared of snow, otherwise they will not operate properly.

Mark Nisbet with Xcel Energy says, "if the snow piles up around it, it can block the airflow and then you will get uneven pressure to your furnace in the house. And if that happens, then you might have no gas going to it or you'll get that whiff of natural gas."

Most of the snow can be cleared from your meter with a shovel, but when cleaning around the piping, you should use your hands.

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