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More inclement weather predicted for Ottawa: Enbridge Gas Distribution Reminds Customers to Stay Safe by Keeping Natural Gas Meters, Regulators and Exhaust Vents Clear of Snow and Ice

/ -- OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 02/24/16 -- Environment Canada has predicted 15 to 20 mm of freezing rain for Ottawa and the surrounding regions. Further, it has warned of significant ice buildup on exposed structures. Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. (Enbridge) is reminding customers to clear the snow off their natural gas meter and appliance exhaust vents.

Natural gas meter sets should be kept free of ice and significant snow accumulation. Appliance vents, if plugged by ice or snow, can cause an appliance to malfunction. This can be a serious safety hazard.

Enbridge has the following safety tips and precautions:

--  Use a car brush or broom to remove the snow or ice from meters,
    regulators and external vents. Don't use sharp objects or force, such as
    kicking or hitting, to clear the snow or ice as this can cause damage.
--  Never pile snow against gas equipment or appliance vents.
--  Don't let snow or ice block vents - this could cause dangerous carbon
    monoxide to buildup indoors.
--  Be careful when using a shovel, plow or snow blower near natural gas
    equipment or appliance vents.

For assistance with clearing a blocked appliance vent, customers should contact a licensed contractor. A list is available on the website at

For more information on snow and ice safety please visit or to watch quick safety videos visit

About Enbridge Gas Distribution

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. has a more than 165-year history and is Canada's largest natural gas distribution company. It is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution. Enbridge has ranked as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations for the past seven years and was also named as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2015. Enbridge Gas Distribution and its affiliates distribute natural gas to over two million customers in Ontario, Quebec, New York State and New Brunswick. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @EnbridgeGasNews.

Tanya Bruckmueller
Manager, Media Relations
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