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Avista Urges Caution When Clearing Snow from Roofs
Be aware of overhead power lines and location of service meters

 

Avista is urging residents to be safe and check for overhead power lines and the location of electric and natural gas meters before removing snow from roofs. Coming into direct contact or using equipment like shovels or rakes that come in contact with a power line can result in serious injury or death. For safety sake, leave a two-foot buffer around the location where electric lines enter your home or business.

 

Outdoor electric and natural gas meters are designed to withstand harsh winter conditions. However, falling ice or snow or excessive snow weight can result in damage to the meters and cause problems for homeowners. It is important that snow and ice be gently removed from the meter to prevent damage. Remember to never kick or hit a natural gas meter or its piping to break away built-up snow or ice.

 

“The safety of our customers and employees is our primary concern,” said Terry Bushnell, Avista’s manager of safety and training. “We want to make sure customers have the information they need during this winter weather to safely take care of themselves and their property.”

 

For other safety information, visit www.avistautilities.com.

 

Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides service to 352,000 electric and 311,000 natural gas customers in three Western states. Avista’s primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ. Avista stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.

 

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