Winter Safety Tips for Your Propane-Powered Home
Posted: February 2, 2018
Winter is when we rely most heavily on propane to keep our families warm and comfortable – so it’s also the best time for a reminder about how to keep them safe.
Propane is one of the safest ways to power and heat your home – but as with any fuel, you have to know what to do if the unexpected happens.
Here are six propane safety tips for colder weather:
- Know how to shut the propane valve at the tank, and teach everyone in the house how to do it. If you’re not sure how to do that, contact us.
- Learn how to identify a propane leak – which smells like rotten eggs – and what to do if you discover one. Make sure your family knows, too.
- Never operate an outdoor appliance (a portable generator, for example) indoors, and never store a propane cylinder indoors.
- Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors on every level of your home. Change the batteries at least once a year, and change the detector once every five years.
- If severe winter weather is approaching:
- Check your propane levels, making sure you have enough to last at least a week in case propane deliveries are disrupted by road closures;
- Follow the instructions of local authorities;
- Clear snow and debris from vents, chimneys, and flues after a storm to reduce the risk of CO poisoning.
- If you suspect that any of your propane appliances have been damaged by bad weather, contact us right away for service. And remember: if you shut down your gas supply, it must be restarted by a licensed professional!
Stay safe this winter – contact Pioneer today if you have any questions about propane safety in your home!