Propane Safety Tips for Winter

Posted: December 18, 2015

Safety first

We all know that Mother Nature likes to surprise us—especially during the winter season. That’s why it’s always a good idea to review ways to keep your family safe. With that in mind, here are some tips, courtesy of the Propane Education and Research Council.

  • If you ever smell gas in your home, leave your house immediately and call for help.
  • Create an emergency plan and discuss it with everyone in your family. This plan should include instructions for how to turn off propane systems.
  • Prepare a disaster supply kit, which should include several days of water and canned food supplies, along with a can opener, extra clothes, blankets, flashlights, medications, batteries and supplies for your pets. You should also have a battery-powered radio. Make sure to keep rock salt, firewood, and snow-removal equipment accessible.
  • Make sure you have an adequate supply of propane if you know bad weather is coming. You should call for a delivery when your tank gauge reaches 30%. Consider getting automatic deliveries so you don’t have to worry about running low on fuel.
  • Regularly check your flue pipes, vent connectors and propane tank and lines for damage, blockage, or debris. If you need to remove snow or ice, use a broom rather than a shovel to clear these areas so you avoid causing damage.
  • Be sure your home has carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is a deadly poison that’s both odorless and invisible. Make sure your smoke detectors operate as well!
  • Never use outdoor propane equipment like portable grills or stoves inside your home.
  • If you have a portable generator, never operate it in your basement or garage. Always run a generator outdoors.