Summer has finally arrived here in Michigan, and as we take advantage of the beautiful weather by spending time outdoors, DTE has a few natural gas meter safety reminders to help ensure your meter functions properly and safely all year long.
DTE technicians must be able to easily access your meter to perform periodic safety checks and routine maintenance, as well as manage critical tasks in an emergency.
IF YOU HAVE AN OUTDOOR METER:
- Trim tall grass, weeds and greenery around your meter as well as natural gas exhaust and air intakes. This decreases the risk of CO building up in your home.
- Do not build decking or fencing that blocks access to the meter.
- Other than keeping it clear of obstructions, you should not touch or handle your natural gas meter. Don’t tamper with your meter or attempt to service it yourself.
- Never tie or wrap anything around the unit, and don’t let children play on the meter.
- Always call 811 at least three business days in advance of any digging projects to have your underground utility lines clearly marked. This FREE call could prevent damages or interruptions to yours or your neighbor’s utility services.
IF YOU HAVE AN INDOOR METER:
- It’s also important to maintain a clear path to your gas meter. Keep the area surrounding the meter clear of boxes and furniture and all other obstructions.
- Do not build walls or add panels that obstruct access to the meter.
- Never hang on or lean anything against a meter.