During this current cold snap, Columbia Gas of Ohio is warning residents to be prepared and follow these steps to stay safe and manage their natural gas usage.

Stay safe:

• Check your carbon monoxide detectors.

• Avoid frozen pipes by opening cabinets around plumbing and run a trickle of water.

• Use heaters on a hard, level surface away from flammables. Do NOT use stoves, ovens or grills for heat.

• Clear your meter of snow and ice with a broom when shoveling your driveway.

• Smell natural gas? Leave immediately and call 911 and 1-800-344-4077 from a safe location.

Stay warm:

• Clear areas around heating equipment vents.

• Weatherstrip windows and doors.

• Turn down your thermostat when you’re away for more than 8 hours.

• Open your shades during the day.

• Use a fireplace insert to reduce heat loss.

When temperatures are low, your system works harder.

Columbia Gas of Ohio offers energy assistance, payment plans and energy efficiency programs to help you manage your usage and lower your bills. 

Learn more at ColumbiaGasOhio.com.