I recently looked into installing a new service for a customer and found the gas meter installed below the panal in the basement.I thought you needed 5' clearance from gas meters.Do I relocate the panal,and all its circuitry?
I don?t know of a 5? rule concerning gas meters and panels. It could be a local requirement or a requirement of your local utilities. I can tell you this is a violation of article 110.26. Either the gas meter and all of its piping need to move, or move the panel.
NFPA 54, the Fuel Gas Code, requires three feet of radial clearance from any spark producing devices where located inside. This would apply to any location where gas may be vented but not outside. The electric meter is not considered to be a spark producing device.
I am sure of the whole statement except the three feet (I don't have a copy of NFPA 54), it may be five but I am pretty sure it is three.
On top of this, Nick is absolutely correct. I think it would be more cost effective to relocate the gas meter.
Glenn, I am doing this from memory. We had this discussion with the EEI group and John Beck (San Diego Gas and Electric, former chair of CMP-4) informed us that the NFPA 54 rule was for inside only. Since the flow of air and gas fumes outside would be such that it would be impossible to collect an explosive concentration of fuel. For what it is worth, John also is on a panel (the panel?) of NFPA 54.