Before the Storm
When preparing for a potential storm, you do not need to turn off your gas at your natural gas meter. In fact, we at DC Gas strongly recommend that customers never attempt to turn off their natural gas at the meter.
Unless natural gas service is interrupted during a storm, your tank-style natural gas water heater, stove, space heaters and grill should continue to operate normally.
When there is a loss of electricity, stoves, space heaters and grills that operate with an electronic igniter will need to be lit manually. It’s helpful to have matches on hand. Since you might need these appliances when you lose electricity, we recommend that you do not turn off your gas supply at the appliance either, unless you must evacuate your home or are expecting extensive storm damage.