Winter Propane Safety Tips for your Greene County Home
Posted: November 29, 2017
If you heat your home Rand Wade propane, you already know it’s one of the safest sources of energy around. But like any fuel source, you need to take a certain amount of care to use it safely – and you have to know what to do if a problem arises.
Here are seven propane safety tips for you in the winter months ahead:
- Know how to shut off your propane supply at the tank in the event of a leak; if you don’t know how to, contact us – we’ll walk you through it.
- NEVER use outdoor propane equipment (outdoor grills, portable generators, etc.) inside – these appliances could emit an odorless but potentially deadly amount of carbon monoxide if used in an improperly ventilated space.
- NEVER store propane cylinders indoors, and always store them vertically – never on their sides.
- Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home, following the manufacturer’s installation recommendations. At minimum, have CO detectors at every level of the house, and be sure to change them every five years. Propane leak detectors are also highly recommended.
- Know how to spot the symptoms of CO poisoning, and what to do if someone experiences them.
- If severe weather is forecast,
- Check your propane tank levels, making sure you have enough to last at least a week after the storm passes in case there are issues with accessing your tank or house.
- Listen to authorities regarding what to do in response to a storm.
- Clean away snow and debris from vents, chimneys, and flues to reduce the risk of CO poisoning.
- If you think any of your propane appliances has been damaged, contact us to inspect the equipment before you attempt to use it!
- Don’t forget: If you shut down your home’s propane gas supply for any reason, you are required by law to have it restarted by a licensed professional.
Have any other propane safety questions? Just ask! Your safety is always our number one priority.