Deep drifts and snow piles against a building could block vents and cause a build of potentially deadly carbon monoxide.

NYSEG utility company urges customers to keep themselves safe as blowing snow and frigid temperatures make for dangerous conditions. The deep snow in many places raises concerns to keep vents and chimneys for natural gas appliances clear of snow.
Deep drifts and snow piles against a building could block vents and cause a build of potentially deadly carbon monoxide in the building.
NYSEG warns customers to keep the following important safety information in mind:

· When removing snow and ice from driveways and sidewalks, make sure you stay clear of electric and natural gas meters to avoid damaging them, inadvertently disrupting service or putting yourself in danger.

· Snow and ice can damage electric and natural gas meters, natural gas pipes and natural gas regulators, so never bury any of this equipment when shoveling, using a snow blower or plowing.

· When clearing snow, take measures to shovel snow away from the meter to keep the meter clear.

· When removing snow or ice from a roof, never let it fall on electric or natural gas meters or related equipment.

· Natural gas appliance chimneys and vents should be kept free of snow and ice to prevent the build-up of potentially-deadly carbon monoxide.

· Be prepared if you smell natural gas. If you smell that distinctive sulfur-like odor – like the smell of rotten eggs – get up, get out and call NYSEG/RG&E immediately from a neighbor’s phone.

· To report a natural gas emergency or suspected a carbon monoxide problem, call 1.800.572.1121 or 911 from a neighbors phone.

Electricity Customers can get the latest outage counts; outage locations by county, municipality and streets/roads; and estimated restoration times (as they are available) on the company’s website http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/default.html.

NYSEG also encourages customers to sign up for Outage Alerts to receive updates throughout the day automatically by phone, text, or e-mail as the company updates the status of the restoration process in their area. Customers can sign up by visiting the NYSEG website at http://www.nyseg.com/YourAccount/AboutAlerts.html.