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South Jersey Gas Offers Safety Tips for Winter Storm Stella

FOLSOM, N.J., March 13, 2017 – As Winter Storm Stella approaches, South Jersey Gas is preparing our system and our workforce for a potentially significant weather event. At the same time, it is imperative that our customers and other residents take necessary safety precautions in advance of the storm. South Jersey Gas offers these tips to help you prepare.

Before the storm:

  • Have a plan with your family members on what actions will be taken in the event of an emergency. 

  • Gather emergency supplies such as water, food, flashlights, and a battery-powered radio, all of which should be part of a well-stocked emergency kit.

  • Fuel your car and have sand, rock salt, or non-clumping kitty litter on hand to make walkways and steps less slippery.

  • It is not necessary to turn off gas service. Your natural gas service should operate safely throughout the winter storm.

During and after the storm:

  • Check your natural gas meter to ensure it is clear of snow and ice.  The gas pressure regulator vent needs to be kept dry and clear of accumulation at all times to avoid the potential for dangerous indoor natural gas buildup. The vent can become plugged when ice and snow melt during the day and refreeze at night.

  • It is also recommended to keep the entire meter assembly clear of snow and ice.  Accumulated snow can prevent the meter from operating properly by stopping the flow of natural gas.  Customers should gently remove snow or ice from the natural gas meter and any associated piping.

  • Carefully shovel around a meter and avoid using a snow blower near a meter. A snow-covered meter can lead to a loss of service and freezing of inside pipes as a result of lost heat.


If at any time you smell an odor of natural gas inside a home or building, ventilate the area by opening windows or leaving a door open and immediately evacuate. Once away from the home or building, call 911 and then the South Jersey Gas Leak Hotline by dialing 1-800-582-7060.  Additionally do not use anything that may cause a spark, including matches, telephones, or any motorized equipment in the area where the odor exists.

About South Jersey Gas

South Jersey Gas, subsidiary of South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI), delivers safe, reliable, affordable natural gas and promotes energy efficiency to approximately 381,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, and portions of Gloucester, Burlington and Camden counties in New Jersey. Visit www.southjerseygas.com to learn more about South Jersey Gas and its programs.

Media Contact Information

Media Relations:
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Telephone: 609-561-9000 x4496

Investor Contact:
Dan Fidell (609) 561-9000 x7027
dfidell@sjindustries.com

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