Latest News – February 2
Where There’s Smoke, There’s a Prescribed Burn
Residents of Leadville and Lake County may see smoke in the bright blue skies above Leadville Today. The Lake County Landfill started a prescribed burn of a sizeable slash pile at its facility early this week. Smoke may be visible in this area for up to a week according to Asst. Director of Public Works Michael Irwin, who manages the facility located southeast of Leadville.
Of course, all prescribed burns are dependent upon weather conditions, personnel availability and ground conditions and can be cancelled and rescheduled for a later time. The slash is often used as filler at the landfill with the excess being removed through a prescribed burn.
Clear Snow, Ice from Gas Meters for Safety
As the winter weather pattern sets up a series of cold and snowy days, along with blue skies and sunshine, possible dangerous situations lurk below the picturesque icicle for high country dwellers. Ice conditions around homes and buildings shift and change on a daily basis.
While this season’s snowfall has been welcomed, it has also created a potentially dangerous situation for people living in mountain communities as snow and ice cover natural gas meters. Xcel Energy is reminding customers to be mindful of snow and ice buildup around their homes and businesses.
Buried or iced-over meters can prevent the gas meter’s regulator vent from operating properly, reducing the flow of natural gas or increasing the pressure in natural gas lines to dangerous levels. Snow and ice from roofs or building overhangs can also damage meters as snow falls on meters or water from melted snow drips onto meters and freezes as temperatures drop.
Homeowners, business owners, property managers and snow or ice removal companies in your community can help prevent damage to property and injuries to people by carefully removing ice or snow from their meters and checking roofs for snow that could fall or melt onto meters.
Snow and ice removal companies need to use extreme care to ensure they do not bury meters or hit them while shoveling snow from roofs. Property management companies and residents should clear the areas around meters and maintain a clear path to them so Xcel crews and the fire department can reach them quickly if repairs are needed.
It is always a good reminder that if anyone ever detects a rotten egg or sulfur smell inside or around homes or businesses, they should leave the area immediately and call 911 or call us at 1-800-895-2999.