6 Propane Safety Tips for Peace of Mind this Winter
Clean, sparkling snow is beautiful, but the freezing temperatures and safety risks that come along with it can be stress-inducing. So thinking about winter safety and planning ahead is a gift you can give your future self so that you’ll be prepared should a sticky situation arise.
Using propane heat at home gives you one less thing to worry about since it’s safe, clean, reliable, efficient, and cost-effective.
Here are some winter preparedness and propane safety tips to keep in mind this season:
1. Make an easily accessible list of emergency phone numbers. It should include the phone numbers for your local police and fire department, as well as Paraco Gas (1.800.647.4427).
So that you don’t run the risk of running out of propane during or after a winter storm, regularly check your propane tank to make sure there’s an adequate supply of propane.
Keep in mind that it may take a few days after your call for your fuel to be delivered after your order is placed. Make sure you have enough propane left that you’re in good shape during that delivery window.
3. Mark your propane tank with a flag, pole, or another object for easy identification; keep the path to your propane tank clear. Clear snow and ice around your propane tank, including regulators, regulator vents, piping, tubing, and valves. Make sure to use your hand or a brush and be gentle! Using a shovel could damage your equipment.
4. If you smell gas, immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames or anything that creates a spark. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cellphones. Leave immediately then call us from a safe place to report the leak, or call 911.
5. Never use a stove or bring your gas grill indoors to heat your space. Improper ventilation can lead to unsafe carbon monoxide fume buildup.
6. Keep portable generators accessible and operate with caution. Never use them indoors or in enclosed areas — doing so can result in carbon monoxide poisoning.
Following these steps will help you stay safe and prepared throughout the winter!
Any questions? We’re here to help you, whether it’s about safety or to schedule your propane equipment’s maintenance. Just contact us.