Tips for Keeping Safe

Safety is always a top priority, consider these cold weather tips to stay safe throughout the winter season.

Meter Safety
  • Know the location of your natural gas meter in case SJG technicians need to access it.
  • Following a weather emergency, ensure the gas meter is visible and the area surrounding the meter is free of trash and debris. Mechanical equipment used after the storm to clean up a location may damage the meter if it is hidden.
  • Don’t lean ladders or metal objects against a meter or piping.
  • Don’t use sharp tools or instruments around or near the meter.

Appliance Safety
  • Never use your oven or range top to heat your home or business.
  • Make sure your heating system, water heater and any other natural gas appliances are serviced and inspected annually by a qualified licensed professional.
  • Do not use any defective natural gas appliance until it has been inspected, serviced and determined to be safe by a qualified plumber or heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) professional.

Carbon Monoxide – What is it? How do I detect it?
  • Carbon monoxide, or "CO" is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is potentially poisonous when inhaled.
  • Your best defense is prevention. Install a CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery regularly. A good time is when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall.
  • The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.
  • If you suspect carbon monoxide exposure: LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY, call 911 and seek medical attention.
Fireplace & Fire Safety
  • Before lighting your first fire of the season, be sure to have your fireplace inspected, cleaned, and swept of any debris.
  • Use fireplace screens to avoid flying sparks and embers.
  • Never pour lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline on a fireplace.
  • Never leave your fireplace unattended.
  • Check your fire extinguisher’s date to ensure it’s not expired and if needed it works properly.
  • Hold a meeting with your family so everyone in your home knows how to use the fire extinguisher.

Snow & Ice Safety
  • In preparation for snow remember to have sand or rock salt on hand to melt snow and ice on walkways and steps.
  • When removing snow or ice from your natural gas meter and regulator use your hands or a broom, not a shovel.
  • Never kick or hit your gas meter or its piping with a hammer or any hard object to break away built-up snow or ice.
  • To ensure the safe, proper operation of natural gas appliances, such as a furnace or water heater, and to prevent the potentially hazardous buildup of carbon monoxide within your home or business, ensure that outdoor vent openings and air intakes are not obstructed by snow or ice.
  • Heavy snow and ice may weigh down power lines and tree limbs, causing them to fall. If a natural gas meter is damaged or an underground gas line is exposed, move to a safe location immediately and call 911 and South Jersey Gas 1.800.582.7060.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow – use caution, take breaks, push the snow and lift lighter loads.

 

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