DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan's winter heating season is upon us, and with the recent snow, DTE Energy reminds its gas customers to keep their meters clear of ice and snow.
Snow and ice buildup on your natural gas meter may result in damage and can interfere with proper operation, potentially causing a gas leak.
"The safety of our customers and employees is DTE's top priority," said Mark Stiers, DTE Gas president and chief operating officer. "We appreciate our customers' actions to maintain a safe environment for themselves, and they can also help our employees be safe as they work in the field."
In order to read and service meters for both daily operations and emergency situations, DTE technicians need to have proper access. To ensure continued, reliable and safe service, customers can help DTE by:
- Keeping a path to meters open and clear of snow
- Removing ice and snow from gas meters by hand, brush or broom. Do not use sharp objects, salt, ice melting chemicals or hot water to remove snow and ice
- Being careful using a shovel, snow blower or snow plow when clearing snow and ice near your gas meter
- Looking up and removing ice hazards from roof edges above gas meters to prevent icicles from falling and striking DTE employees
When you shovel your walk, take a few minutes to check and clear your gas meter. It will provide peace of mind all winter long.
About DTE Energy
DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.
SOURCE DTE Energy