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Gas Maintenance

Our meter readers do their best to provide our customers with accurate meter readings. You can help us serve you even better by keeping a few things in mind regarding the care of and access to your gas meter.

Quick Tips:

  • Make sure that you and your family know where your gas meter’s shut off valve is (normally located at your meter) and how to turn your gas supply off.
  • Do not tie your pets to your meter or gas piping.
  • Do not attach or chain objects (such as barbecues or bicycles) to your meter or gas piping).

    Yard and Landscaping:

  • Make sure your meter is visible and accessible at all times for maintenance and emergency responders (Sun Peaks Utilities work crews, meter readers,and firefighters).
  • Keep your meter clear of vegetation or other debris.
  • Keep the meter free of other obstacles, such as stacked firewood, bicycle or toys etc.
  • Never let children climb or ply on the gas meter or pipes.
  • Don’t plant trees or shrubs near your gas meter.
  • Dig by hand when landscaping near your gas meter, if you damage a gas line, you may be responsible for the costs of repairs. If you have any doubts about where gas lines are located, please call Sun Peaks Utilities’ office. For after hours emergencies, call 250-319-0629.

    Buildings:

  • Your gas meter must not be enclosed in any way (ie., additions to your home, a sundeck, railings, etc.)
  • Similarly, home additions may not be built over a gas line.
  • For detailed information or clearances of the gas meter from building openings, please contact Sun Peaks Utilities or your local Gas Safety Branch.

    Winter-wise meter safety tips:

  • Your outdoor gas meter and piping are designed to withstand winter weather conditions, but heavy or hard-packed snow and ice, icicles falling from your eaves, and water dripping from your roof or hot-tub and freezing on your meter can present a safety hazard.

Gas Meter Safety Handout