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Behind the Meter

power meterLearn more about the PUD and what we do, how we do it and why, as well as get some tips on conserving energy and staying safe around electricity.    

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Monday - May 9, 2022

Meters covered in hazards such as vegetation or iceWe all know that meters keep track of how much electricity our homes and businesses use, but do we properly take care of that meter?

Meters are mounted outdoors where electricity actually enters your home. If the meter is removed improperly or damaged, it could mean electrocution and/or could cause a fire. Tampering with a meter is both dangerous and illegal.

It’s important for a meter to work well and be accessible to utility workers in case of an emergency. To that end, here are some tips:

  • Keep meters clear. Don’t store items on or around it, and don’t let vegetation cover it.
  • In winter, don’t let it get completely encased in snow or ice. If it does get ice buildup, don’t use a shovel or hammer to break up snow or ice – clear it gently with a broom.
  • If meters are low to the ground, make sure to be careful using lawn equipment or snow blowers, etc., around the meter.
  • If the meter is fed by underground lines, take special caution around its base. Call 811 before digging so that utilities can mark the underground lines and prevent outages and injury.
  • Keep pets and children away from meters. Never tie a pet’s leash to a meter. Never allow children to climb on meters.

Give us a call if a meter is damaged or something doesn’t look quite right.

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