WPS Wants Customers To Check Natural Gas Meters And Vents Following Deep Snows

Dec 3, 2019

Credit Wisconsin Public Service

Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the ground through much of the Northwoods was bare.

One week later, there's plenty of early season snow. Two large storms hit the Northwoods in the space of five days causing a major disruption in travel, deer hunting and Thanksgiving comfort.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Matt Cullen says they were very busy restoring power after the high winds and driving snow...

"...multiple inches of heavy, wet snow and strong wind gusts in excess of 30 miles per hour. Our crews worked as safely and as quickly as they could. In total, they restored service to about 50,000 customers that moved through late Saturday night and Sunday..."

He says they called in extra crews from Wisconsin Public Service along with crews from a neighboring energy company. Cullen says now is a good time to go check your outside meters...

"To check and clear the area around the natural gas meter any build up of ice and snow. A build up on ice and snow can damage the natural gas meter or the piping leading to the meter and that can cause a natural gas leak. The other thing we remind customers to do is check their appliance vents and make sure those are clear of snow or ice...."

Cullen says a covered appliance vent can trap carbon monoxide gas in the building. He says while you're out clearing snow, check the meters and vents.