Propane Winter Safety Tips

Millions of American homeowners use propane appliances all year round. From space heating, water heating, cooking and drying clothes to lighting fireplaces, outdoor heating and even as a back-up power solution.

Come winter though, there is some preparation work to be done to make sure you’re safely using propane, and not running out of this precious petroleum gas in the event of extreme weather conditions.

Below, we are listing 8 home efficiency tips when you’re handling and using propane through the tough, winter months:

# 1: Have Propane in Reserve

You don’t know when a winter storm could hit your area and make propane delivery impossible.

# 2: Let Your Provider Know if You Run Out

It is necessary to have a qualified service technician to check the system for leaks before turning the gas back on.

# 3: Clear Up the Path to the Propane Tank

Emergencies can occur any time, so make sure there are no objects cluttering or blocking the way.

# 4: Don’t Use a Shovel to Clear Snow

Making sure that snow and ice don’t pile up around your propane tank is important, but a shovel can cause damage to your propane system’s components. Use a broom instead.

# 5: Do a Periodic Spot Check

After every snowfall, inspect your tank for damage and perform moderate cleaning. Be sure to clear out snow around vents, piping, valves, and tubing.

# 6: Don’t Bring Outside Appliances Indoors

It is extremely risky to bring outdoor propane-powered appliances indoors. Without sufficient ventilation, harmful carbon monoxide fumes can quickly build up.

# 7: Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

As additional precaution, install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home, so you are instantly alerted if there is a leak.

# 8: Spring Into Action if You Smell Gas

If you suspect there is a gas leak (rotten egg smell), there is no time to waste. Turn off any open flames. Don’t operate lights or any kind of appliances. Open all doors and windows and take the family outside from where you can call your propane provider or 911. If it is safe to do so, shut off the main gas supply valve, and then wait for help.

# 9: Educate Your Family

Don’t be the only one in the family who knows what to do in an emergency situation. Teach others about the high risks of this flammable material and how to shut it off in case of a sudden gas leak.


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