Keeping your family safe: Winter Storms

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Keeping your family safe

Important information about propane safety and WINTER STORMS

 

BE PREPARED FOR A WINTER STORM

  • Make sure your propane tank, whether it is located above or below ground is marked properly by a flag, pole or stake that is higher than the expected snow cover depth for your location.  This will increase the odds of it being seen by someone such as a snowplow operator, reducing the chances for a potential accident.
  • NEVER store or place a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.
  • NEVER use a gas oven or range-top burners to provide space heating.
  • NEVER operate a generator indoors.
  • Have a list of instructions on how to turn off your propane appliances, electricity and water in case of an emergency.
  • If you call for a propane delivery, please check the percentage reading on your tank gauge and have your reading ready when you call.  Also, please ensure we will be able to deliver your tank by maintaining a clear path to your tank and access for parking in a safe location.

 

DURING A WINTER STORM

  • Snow and ice can create problems for your home’s propane system by freezing regulators and valves of propane equipment.
  • Make sure to clear snow and ice away from all outdoor vents, chimneys, and flues; thereby reducing the potential for CO poisoning.  Whenever possible, use a broom instead of a shovel in order not to damage your propane system components.
  • Clear snow and ice from around your propane tank and exterior gas lines. Also, keep your regulators free from snow and ice, as the regulator needs to breathe to supply the propane to your home.

 

AFTER A WINTER STORM

  • Clear all snow and ice from your home’s propane system and provide a clear path in order that you can receive your propane delivery safely.
  • Inspect chimney’s, flue pipes, and vent connectors for damage, blockage, or debris.
  • Inspect your propane appliances for damage before use.
  • If damage is suspected, DO NOT use your propane appliance(s).  Contact us at 929-8898 to perform an inspection of your propane system and appliances.

 

 

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