Radial Distance For Proper Clearance
When planning for the location of your gas meter, please note the proper clearance distances:
Meters and Meter Settings must maintain a clearance of:
- 6″ above finished grade to bottom of meter
- 6″ on sides and top of meter
- 36″ in front of meter
Meters and Meter Settings must be:
- Installed in a ventilated, readily accessible location
- Protected from corrosion and damage
Regulator Vents must be a minimum of:
- 12” above grade (in areas where flooding may occur, vent height may be in excess of 12” above grade)
- 5 feet radially and NOT directly below any rotating electrical equipment (e.g., an air conditioner) including clothes dryer exhaust terminals and appliance air intakes
- 5 feet radial separation from: an electric meter, electric panel, electric outlet, electric pedestal, electrical equipment disconnect, or pad mounted transformer
- 3 feet radially from, and NOT below any first floor opening into a building, such as: a door, window or other gravity air openings
Natural Gas Winter Meter Safety
Although natural gas equipment is designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, damage can be caused by snow and ice accumulation, as proper ventilation is required to keep equipment running smoothly. Vents for natural gas appliances prevent the accumulation of carbon monoxide within buildings, and ensures combustion equipment operates properly. Customers should check the vents on their home or business and remove any snow or ice from the area. Additionally, Summit Natural Gas encourages all customers to check and test their carbon monoxide detectors to ensure the equipment is working properly.
The natural gas meters should be kept clear of ice and snow to avoid damage to the equipment and the meter should remain visible and accessible for maintenance personnel. Snow and ice should be removed from natural gas equipment as gently as possible, using a broom rather than a shovel or kicking the meter and pipes. Damage to the meter can also occur from overhead hazards, and customers are encouraged to remove icicles from overhead eaves and gutters to prevent dripping water from splashing and freezing on the meter or vent pipe.
Here are a few steps you can take to avoid any issues:
- Remove all snow and ice on your gas meter as well as all piping.
- Carefully shovel all snow around your meter and move it away.
- Ensure quick access to your meter by shoveling a pathway to your meter. This is important in case of an emergency.
- Check your meter regularly to ensure there is no snow and ice accumulation.
- Call us immediately if your gas pressure regulator vent is blocked or you have any concerns pertaining to its proper function.