Homeowners reminded to clear vents, meters

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – National Fuel is reminding homeowners to clear their furnace and dryer vents and outdoor gas meters of snow, ice and debris. Blocked vents can lead to safety and performance issues.

Furnaces and fireplaces each have a vent pipe or flue that sends out exhaust and gaseous byproducts to the outdoors. National Fuel says, if it becomes clogged, the furnace could shut off, or carbon monoxide gas could build up.

Tips to care for the gas meter during the winter:

• Keep the gas meter free of snow. If the meter becomes buried in snow, it could affect your gas service.

• Keep the area around the meter free of snow and ice, and try to have a clear path to the meter for easy access.

• Remember to use caution when shoveling, plowing or snowblowing around the meter.

• Avoid accidental damage by a third party by informing anyone who works near your meter (such as a snow removal service) of its location.

• Exercise caution when removing icicles from the meter and any area of your roof above the meter.

• Call us if the meter becomes encased in ice; DO NOT try to melt or break the ice yourself.

• Do not let children play or climb on the meter.

If you are experiencing an emergency due to the extreme cold weather, please call our emergency number at 1-800-444-3130. This line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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