WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- If you haven't been around your house to check your gas or electric meter lately, Wisconsin Public Service says you might want to do that soon.
This winter's heavy snowfalls have built up snow around houses, and that could mean bad things for utility meters. Spokesperson Kelly Zagrzebski says those meters need to be visible and free from snow to work properly. "We just want to make sure that people keep in mind to check those meters and make sure that they're not iced over or full of snow, that there's some room around them so that their equipment continues to operate correctly."
Zagrzebski says if that meter is buried, you want to be gentle clearing it out. "Really want to be careful, use your mittens or a small shovel, just be careful you don't break the meter or bust off any of the parts." If you do see something wrong with utility equipment or something has been damaged, back off and call the authorities.
If you're planning on clearing your roof, Zagrzebski says you need to be careful of overhead lines as well as meters. "If they're going to go up on the roof or use a roof rake, just be aware of it as they're moving the snow down, again, also watching the lower part, so they're not covering their meters or doing any damage to those meters."
You can find more safety tips online at http://www.WisconsinPublicService.com.