Gas Meter Safety

After the latest round of winter weather, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission is urging residents to keep natural gas meters and appliance vents clear of snow and ice.

They remind you that safety should always be your top priority when dealing with natural gas. When you dig snow out from around your gas meter, please watch for these warning signs that could indicate a malfunction. The 3 main factors in helping identify a gas malfunction are SIGHT typically a dense fog, mist or white cloud, SMELL a distinctive gaseous odor, and SOUND a hissing, whistling or roaring noise. If you sense any of these red flags, get out of the house, go somewhere safe and call for help.


Some tips on preventing a gas malfunction are to check your gas meter on a regular basis. Clear the gas meter of snow or debris and contact your natural gas provider if you detect damage. 

If you believe damage has occurred around your gas meter or smell gas, call your gas provider and 911 immediately.