Your natural gas meter is designed and tested to work safely in various climate conditions. SoCalGas performs routine inspections on natural gas meters for our customers. However, there are times when external conditions or extreme weather can impact the operation or integrity of your meter. Here are some safety tips for keeping your natural gas meter safe.
Maintain Clear SurroundingsYear-round, keep the area in front of and around your natural gas meter clear. This includes bushes, clutter, debris, dirt, and other obstructions.
Indoor Gas MetersFor indoor natural gas meters, ensure ventilation points are not obstructed, and any source of ignition or heat is at least three feet away from the meter.
During the winter months, if you can, and it is safe to do so, we encourage you to clear the snow away from your natural gas meter with a broom or brush – never use a shovel or hard object to remove the snow from the meter, as this risks damaging the meter.
Snow Removal Awareness
When removing snow from the roof or the roads, ensure it’s not falling or piling up near the gas meter.
What to Do if You Suspect a Natural Gas Leak
If you smell a natural gas odor, hear the hissing sound of gas escaping or see other signs of a leak:
- Immediately evacuate the area, and from a safe location either call 911 or SoCalGas at 1-800-427-2200
- Don't smoke, or light a match, candle or other flame.
- Don't turn electrical appliances or lights on or off, operate motorized equipment or vehicles, or use any device that could cause a spark.