PORT HURON, Mich., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- As the autumn leaves begin to
make their final descent, cold weather is lurking just around the corner.
SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY has some safety tips to consider:
* Call SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY or your local heating and cooling
contractor today to have a thorough pre-season check of your natural gas
heating system. If you would like the names of authorized SEMCOSelect dealers
near you, call SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY at 1-800-624-2019.
* If you experience a power outage, don't use your range or oven as a
space heater. There is a chance that carbon monoxide poisoning can occur from
doing this. If you suspect the presence of carbon monoxide in your home, call
SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY immediately at 1-800-624-2019.
* Do a routine check of gas lines connecting your appliances to your gas
meter. While SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY maintains all the gas and service lines
bringing natural gas service to your meter, you are responsible for the
"customer owned" lines between your meter and your appliances. These include
underground lines to your yard lights, pool and space heaters, garages,
workshops and similar areas. Make it part of your routine to check these
lines for leaks or corrosion. Signs of possible leaks include: blowing or
hissing sounds, brown patches on or near right-of-way, bubbling water on a
pond, creek or river, gas odor, dry spots in moist earth.
* Please watch where you blow or throw snow! When shoveling or blowing
heavy snow, avoid piling it onto gas meters or pipes. The added weight could
cause stress, which may lead to leaks. Also, in an emergency, quick access to
a shut-off valve could be hindered due to built-up snow and ice.
SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY distributes natural gas to more than 250,000
residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Michigan. It is one of
three subsidiaries of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMGS).
SOURCE SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY
CONTACT: Francis R. Lieder, Jr. of SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, 810-987-2200, ext. 4186, or fax, 810-989-4098