Which states have the most gas meters damaged?
New Jersey, New York, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have the highest number of damaged gas meters in the U.S. according to the Energy Information Administration.
The states have been hit with the most cases since 2014 when the EPA started collecting data on the meters.
Most of the cases were discovered in California, where the meter is often damaged, and in New York and New Jersey.
In Michigan, the meter was damaged in a fire in 2016, and two other incidents occurred in 2016 and 2017.
But a third incident in 2018 in a suburban Detroit neighborhood led to the installation of more than 20,000 gas meters, causing the total to increase by about 3,000 units in the next two years, according to EIA.
One-third of the gas meters that were damaged in the fires in California and New York had been repaired before the fires, the agency said in a statement.
Gas prices have increased sharply in recent years, but the costs of repairing the gas meter has also increased dramatically, causing additional damage to the meters, the EIA said.
While gas prices have remained stable in recent months, there have been two spikes in 2018, when gas prices jumped by nearly 5 percent to $2.65 per gallon and when gas meters burned up.
Since the fires broke out in 2016 in California in the midst of a California drought, gas prices dropped by about 50 percent, according a EIA report.
There are also instances where gas prices may have been lower, but there was a spike in gas prices in 2017, when prices hit an all-time high.
If you have a gas meter, call the Consumer Federation of America and file a claim at www.fca.org/gas-meter-fraud.
(Photo: Getty Images)The EIA also released the data for 2017, which included more than 3.5 million gas meters.
It showed that while some states experienced more than 30,000 meter fires in 2017 and 2017, California had the most, with nearly 1.5 times as many as any other state.
Some states, like Maryland, had more than 4.5 gas meter fires, but Maryland had only one such fire in 2017.