Hey Williston, You’re Not Done Yet
With all the snow we just received in the Mon-Dak area, the dig out has started! People are snow blowing their walkways and driveways. If your mailbox is a clusterbox type thing like mine, you might find yourself moving some snow away for easier access. It's the neighborly thing to do, right? With all that you got done, you might even help your neighbors with their digging projects. That's what we do up here, right?
After all the snow is cleared around your property, you might think you're done until the next round of snow rolls in. There are more areas that might need some snow removal you may not have thought about.
It is recommended that you keep snow cleared around a fire hydrant for easy access just in case of an emergency. Should a fire break out anywhere on your block, this could be time saved for personal responding.
Do you have a gas meter at your house? If so, you should check that too. Ice build up on gas regulators can block the vents and potentially allow excess gas pressure into the house. Gently dust off the snow with a broom or your hand. Don’t use a shovel, which could damage the meter. If ice does form, don’t try to remove it yourself. It's recommended you call your service provider.
Ways to stay safe
- Natural gas smells like rotten eggs for a reason. If your nose picks up this scent, immediately leave the area, and call 911 once you’re away from the site.
- Wait for your energy provider or emergency personnel to arrive before re-entering the building. Emergency personnel will let you know when it’s safe to return.
- Do not turn on lights, ignite a flame, use a cell phone or use anything that might cause a spark, including a flashlight or a generator.
- Ensure your home is equipped with carbon monoxide detectors, and never use gas ranges, ovens or clothes dryers to heat your home.
More snow is expected with this recent storm moving through. Keep these extra tips in mind when you head out to shovel nex time.