​​Winter Meter Safety

Winter Meter Safety (TX, MS, LA, HOU)

During cold weather, heavy snow and ice can build up on or near meters causing potentially dangerous conditions and equipment malfunctions. Follow these simple steps to prevent weather-related meter problems:

  • Keep the path and area around meter free of snow, leaves, debris.
  • Use a broom rather than gasoline- or electric-powered equipment to clear snow and debris around and on top of the meter set assembly.
  • ​Do not attempt to remove ice buildup from the meter.

If there’s ice buildup on the meter or if it’s located in an area where there is ice buildup, report it to Customer Service​.

Natural Gas Line and Inside Meter Inspection

Gas Line and Meter Inspection

To ensure safe and reliable service to our customers, federal regulations require CenterPoint Energy to periodically inspect its equipment, including the piping and natural gas meter the company owns inside customer homes and businesses.

  • CenterPoint Energy owns the natural gas meter and the piping that comes into it.
  • Customers own the piping that runs from the meter to the natural gas appliances and it is the customer's responsibility to maintain this piping.

For Your Safety

  • Do not store items on or around your meter
  • Keep meter clear of landscaping that obstructs access or visibility
  • Do not wrap or insulate meter 
  • Do not tie pets to the meter installation
  • Do not allow children to climb on or play  near meter
  • Use caution when using lawn equipment around meter
  • Do not tamper with meter or attempt to service or maintain the meter yourself
  • If meter is damaged or you suspect a gas leak, please call CenterPoint Energy immediately