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Propane Safety Tips for Winter 2020

Posted: January 20, 2020

Propane safety tips for winter 2020

Propane can really come in handy when temperatures plummet here in Central Massachusetts, providing efficient heat that can quickly take the edge off after a day battling the New England elements. But it’s important to remember that propane is still a fuel – and as with any fuel, you need to know how to handle it safely.

Here are some important propane safety reminders for winter and beyond:

  1. Know how to shut the valve on your propane gas tank, and teach every adult in the house how to do it. If you’re not sure how to turn off your propane at the source, contact us.
  2. Remind your family how to identify a propane leak (which smells like rotten eggs) and what to do if you discover one.
  3. Know how to prevent and handle a carbon monoxide emergency:
    • Get preventative maintenance for your propane heating equipment every year; if you haven’t had yours yet this winter, contact us today to request service.
    • Learn the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, and what to do if you or someone in your home experiences them.
    • Quickly clear snow and debris from vents, chimneys, and flues after a storm to ensure proper ventilation for your equipment.
    • Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors on every level of your home, following manufacturer’s instructions for placement and maintenance. Replace CO detector batteries at least once a year, and replace the unit itself as suggested by the manufacturer (usually every five or ten years, depending on the model). We also strongly recommend installing propane leak detectors to protect against propane odor loss in the event of a leak.
  4. In the event of severe weather,
    • Check your propane levels as soon as a storm is forecast, making sure you have enough gas to last at least a week in case of road closures.
    • Flag your propane tank so that it is visible above drifting snow.
    • Always follow the instructions of local authorities.
    • If you suspect that any of your propane equipment has been damaged, contact us right away. Remember: if you shut down your gas supply for any reason, the law requires you to hire a licensed professional to perform a pressure test on your system before restarting it!

For additional severe weather propane safety tips, visit the Propane Education Research Council (PERC) website.

Stay safe this winter – contact Pioneer Oil and Propane today if you have any questions about propane safety in your home, or if you need expert propane service or reliable propane deliveries for your Worcester, MA-area home.