Elizabethtown Gas Offers Tips to Keep You Safe During a Winter Storm

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UNION, N.J., December 15, 2020 – As a potentially significant winter storm approaches our region, Elizabethtown Gas is preparing our system and workforce. At the same time, it is important for our customers and other residents to take the necessary safety precautions. Elizabethtown Gas offers these tips to help keep you safe.     

Prepare for the Storm:
  • Have a family emergency plan in place with details on what to do in the event of an emergency.
  • Gather emergency kit supplies such as water, food, flashlights, a battery-powered radio and an up-to-date fire extinguisher.
  • Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector and it is in working condition.
  • Fuel your car and have sand or rock salt on hand to melt snow and ice on walkways and steps.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves in case of a burst pipe.
  • Remember, it is not necessary to turn off gas service. Your natural gas service should operate safely throughout the winter storm.
During and after the storm:
  • Be sure to check your natural gas meter to ensure it is clear of snow and ice.  Shovel and brush off snow carefully. To avoid damaging equipment do not pour hot water or attempt to chip ice off and avoid using a snow blower around your meter.
  • Keep gas utility and appliance vents clear from snow that may drift up along the foundation of a home to avoid the potential for dangerous indoor natural gas buildup. The vent can become plugged when ice and snow melt during the day and refreeze at night.
  • If at any time you suspect a gas leak, evacuate the area immediately. Once you are away from the area, call the Elizabethtown Gas Leak Hotline at 1-800-492-4009. Do not use anything that may cause a spark, including matches, phones, or any motorized equipment in the area where the odor and/or hissing sound exists.
  • Practice caution when using alternate sources of heat such as a space heater. Be sure to always follow manufacturer instructions for use.  

About Elizabethtown Gas

Elizabethtown Gas, subsidiary of SJI (NYSE: SJI), delivers safe, reliable, and affordable natural gas and promotes energy efficiency to approximately 300,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in parts of Union, Middlesex, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Morris, and Mercer counties. For five years in a row, Elizabethtown Gas has ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction With Residential Natural Gas Service in the East among Midsize Utilities” by J.D. Power. For more information, visit elizabethtowngas.com.

About SJI

SJI (NYSE: SJI), an energy services holding company based in Folsom, NJ, delivers energy services to its customers through three primary subsidiaries. SJI Utilities, SJI’s regulated natural gas utility business, delivers safe, reliable, affordable natural gas to approximately 700,000 South Jersey Gas and Elizabethtown Gas customers in New Jersey. SJI’s non-utility businesses within South Jersey Energy Solutions promote efficiency, clean technology and renewable energy by providing customized wholesale commodity marketing and fuel management services; and developing, owning and operating on-site energy production facilities. SJI Midstream houses the company’s interest in the PennEast Pipeline Project. Visit sjindustries.com for more information about SJI and its subsidiaries.

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