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Winter Safety Tip: DEALING WITH A NATURAL GAS OUTAGE

Posted: November 22, 2017

 
Dealing with a Natural Gas Outage


DO NOT PANIC
  • Your home will retain heat for several hours - - don't panic.

  • Conserve heat by keeping doors and windows closed.  Keep curtains closed unless the sun is shining.

  • Dress warmly and in layers.

  • Stay inside.

  • Utilize a wood burning fireplace and gather everyone around it.

  • Use a portable electric heater.

  • An electric range oven will help provide some warmth.  Use it cautiously.

  • Keep lights on.

  • Let the water run slowly.

  • Keep your radio tuned to your local station for updates.

  • Move occupants to homes with heat.

  • Do not use kerosene heaters, camping stoves or barbecues inside your home or garage.  This type of equipment needs to be operated outdoors to allow for proper ventilation.
 

Evacuation procedures:
  • During a natural gas outage, the major concern is frozen pipes.  Cover valves, and inlet pipes with blankets as soon as possible.

  • Shut off the main water inlet, open all taps and flush toilets several times to empty the pipes.  Then add a small amount of antifreeze to all sinks and toilets.

  • Do not attempt to relight natural gas equipment yourself.  A qualified Manitoba Hydro employee must relight the pilot light.  All homes that are affected by a natural gas outage will be serviced.

  • If you evacuate your home, leave a phone number on the front door, where you can be reached.
 

 

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