Thursday, September 11, 2008

Don't Turn Off Gas At the Meter -- Hurricane Ike

This applies to all hurricanes and the information was provided by Centerpoint Energy.

CenterPoint Energy strongly advises you to leave natural gas service connected during a storm. Doing so will maintain proper pressure in the gas piping in the house to prevent water from entering the lines if flooding occurs.
While we don't recommend disconnecting your gas service at the meter, you may turn off the gas at each appliance. To restore gas flow to each appliance, you must relight the pilot flame by following the instructions on the appliance. If you can't find the instructions, call a qualified plumber or appliance technician.
Although gas lines are buried underground and are not usually affected by strong winds, high water or other severe weather, our crews are prepared to respond quickly to any emergency.

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