Propane is one of the safest (and best) ways to power your home – but as with any fuel, you have to know what to do to stay safe if the unexpected happens.
Here are four key propane safety tips for colder weather:
Learn how to shut the valve on your main gas tank, and teach every adult in the house how to do it. If you’re not sure how to do that, contact us.
Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors on every level of your home, following manufacturer’s instructions for placement. Replace batteries once a year, and replace the unit itself every five years. If you want another level of safety, install propane leak detectors (available at most hardware stores).
If severe winter weather is forecast:
Check your propane tank levels, making sure you have enough gas to last at least a week in case of road closures;
Always follow the instructions of local authorities;
Clear snow and debris from vents, chimneys, and flues after a storm to avoid CO poisoning.
If you suspect that any of your propane appliances have been damaged or aren’t working properly, 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 restart you system!