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For Release: 02/01/2011

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas Utility Companies Send Safety Message to Customers During Upcoming Snowstorm

Chicago, IL - As a massive snowstorm makes its way into the Chicagoland area, Peoples Gas (PGL) and North Shore Gas (NSG) utilities urge customers to keep safety at the forefront. The heavy snowfalls expected along with the windy blizzard conditions could result in conditions that could cover vents, natural gas meters and regulators. "If snow covers natural gas meters and regulators, it could cause a freeze up that disrupts the flow of gas into the home and causes a safety hazard," says Bonnie Johnson, spokesperson for the two utilities. "It's important to clear the snow away from gas meters and regulators."

"Customers should use caution in clearing snow from around meters and know their limitations," says Johnson. "We don’t expect customers to clear such a path if doing so is physically difficult or could aggravate medical problems."

Customers with new high-efficiency furnaces and water heaters that vent through the wall (not into a chimney) should be wary of a buildup of snow or ice around the vent. The newer equipment provides great savings in terms of efficiency but a blocked vent could cause the heating system to malfunction by shutting off or, in extreme cases, lead to the accumulation of carbon monoxide in the home. During this period of heavy snowfall, customers should regularly check the outside vents just to make sure they aren't covered with snow or ice.

Johnson also said it’s also important to be aware of icicles forming. "Icicles that form above natural gas meters could break and fall onto the meters causing damage. Damaged meters could malfunction and cause service interruptions to homes. It's best to clear the area above meters, if you can safely do so."

With sub-zero temperatures following the snow storm, the utility companies also want to remind customers of the importance of having a working carbon monoxide (CO), as required by Illinois law in their homes and apartments. The presence of carbon monoxide detectors can save lives.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas and that can cause sickness and in some cases, death. Carbon monoxide can come from inadequately burned fuel and improperly vented appliances which can include water heaters, furnaces, space heaters and boilers, ranges/stoves, clothes dryers, grills, fireplaces and portable generators. Residents should have their appliances checked, inspected and/or repaired by only a licensed or certified technician. Having an unqualified person connect, inspect or work on your appliances presents a safety hazard that not only puts your household at risk, but can pose a danger to your immediate community.

If your carbon monoxide detector should sound an alert, or you should smell gas, you should leave the premises immediately, get to a safe location and call 911 first, then the Peoples Gas emergency number at 1-866-556-6002 or the North Shore Gas emergency number at 1-866-556-6005. For more information on CO safety, please visit www.peoplesgasdelivery.com or www.northshoregasdelivery.com.

About Peoples Gas

Peoples Gas is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 817,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the city of Chicago. The company is a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG). For more information on Peoples Gas, visit www.peoplesgasdelivery.com.

About North Shore Gas

North Shore Gas is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 158,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in 54 communities in Northeastern Illinois. The company is a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG). For more information on North Shore Gas visit www.northshoregasdelivery.com.

For More Information, Contact:

  • Bonnie Johnson
    Manager, Public Relations
    312-240-4567
    312-907-7333 (Cell)
     
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