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Laclede Gas Urges Customers to Have Heating Systems Cleaned

October 15, 2008

As the heating season approaches, Laclede Gas Company urges customers to take appropriate measures by ensuring that their heating system is clean and in good working order.

Since wholesale gas prices remain volatile, it is especially important for customers to have their heating equipment cleaned and inspected by a professional technician before winter arrives. Properly working gas appliances is also their first defense against carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Cleaned and adjusted pilots and burners and frequent changing of furnace filters pay off in both safety and on utility bills. Also, it’s important that customers clear chimneys, vents and flues. Leaves, birds’ nests, fallen bricks or mortar can result in an inefficient heating system, as well as possible exposure to carbon monoxide.

If customers find something they can’t handle, they can call Laclede or a qualified HVAC contractor. In addition, Laclede technicians can also check to see that other gas appliances such as dryers, water heaters and other products have appropriate connectors and are in good working order. Gas appliance work is not subject to PSC regulation. Customers using CO detectors should make sure they are Underwriters Laboratories (UL)-approved, alarm-sounding devices. If a CO alarm sounds, customers should call their local fire department.

For more information, contact Laclede Gas at 621-6960, or a local qualified HVAC contractor.

Laclede Gas Company, which is a subsidiary of The Laclede Group (NYSE: LG), has provided safe and reliable service to the residents of the St. Louis metropolitan area for more than 150 years. It is the largest gas distribution company in Missouri, serving more than 630,000 natural gas customers in St. Louis and surrounding counties in Eastern Missouri.

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