With a very snowy winter hitting the Northland, the City of Duluth is asking for the public's help keeping gas meters and appliance vents clear from snow and ice cover.

The City is reporting an increase in snow and ice-related issues this winter involving the City of Duluth gas metering equipment, so they would like residents to inspect their gas meters, furnace, boiler, and dryer vents.

They also offer the following advice:

When clearing snow or ice from gas meters, it is best to use hand tools and never strike or hammer on the equipment or use an open flame or another ignition source. Due to the potential of snow covering gas appliance exhausts, the public is asked to monitor exhaust venting and keep it clear of snow and ice. It is strongly recommended that all dwellings have a carbon monoxide detector in a location it can be heard while sleeping. Batteries of existing carbon monoxide detectors should be checked annually to make sure they are functioning correctly. If you smell gas or suspect CO, contact the City of Duluth Comfort Systems 218-730-4100 or 911.

Doing this will help prevent unscheduled gas outages or unintended gas releases and assure that your gas appliances functioning correctly.

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