Essential Propane Safety for Safeguarding Your Home for High Snowfall Areas
- Propane Supply – Make sure you have an adequate propane supply. Ask us about propane contract and delivery options so there’s always enough propane in your tank. Call for delivery when the tank level is between 25 – 30%. This will help you avoid running empty if inaccessible roads delay deliveries.
- Clear Driveways and Pathways to Propane Tanks – Please remember that a propane delivery truck needs at least a 10-foot wide path to be able to deliver fuel to your home. Maintain driveways as wide as possible and clear any low overhead branches. Keep the tank area and a path to the tank clear and free of obstacles.
- Talk to Your Snow Removal Contractor – If you use a snow removal service, make sure that the service knows the location of all propane equipment on the property. Instruct them to keep their equipment clear of all parts of your propane system. If your service shovels snow off of your roof, instruct them to never shove snow onto any part of the propane system.
- Seasonal Cabin or Second Home? – Talk to your caretaker or property management service about frequently checking propane tank levels, thermostat settings and battery life as well as heating equipment operation. Appliance vents and chimney flues must be checked and kept clear of snow or ice. Improper venting can cause equipment malfunction and cause carbon monoxide to become trapped in your home.
- Home Heating – To keep your furnace running efficiently, bring in a professional to perform annual maintenance. You can also install a programmable thermostat in your home to save on yearly heating costs.
- Propane Gas and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Consider installing UL-listed propane gas detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for additional security. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation, location and maintenance.
- Temperature and Tank Monitoring Systems – Wi-Fi thermostats and tank monitors offer remote monitoring and alert capabilities for added peace of mind.
- Keep Ice and Snow from Accumulating on Propane Equipment. Snow or ice accumulation can potentially cause parts of your propane system to crack or break, resulting in a gas leak. Make sure that all propane pipes, valves, regulators, and tanks are clear of snow and ice.
- Keep Vents Clear. Appliance vents and chimney flues must ALWAYS be clear of snow or ice. Some homes have “direct” vents, which are close to the ground. Improper venting can cause carbon monoxide to become trapped in your home, causing serious illness or even death.
- Be Alert to Snow Buildup on Rooftops. Frequently check where snow or ice collect on your roof or nearby trees and clear it if you believe it might fall on any part of your propane system. Never shovel off roofs onto propane equipment. Heavy accumulations or snow or ice falling on tanks, regulators, piping or valves may cause damage that could result in a gas leak.
Read more in this article, Propane Safety for High Snowfall Areas
Read more in this article, Propane Safety for Winter Storms
When it comes to gas appliances, safety is a top priority. If you smell gas in your home, follow these steps:
- NO FLAMES OR SPARKS. Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire.
- LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY. Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
- SHUT OFF THE GAS. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
- REPORT THE LEAK. From a neighbor’s home or other nearby building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away. If you can’t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.
- DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING OR AREA until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.
- GET YOUR SYSTEM CHECKED. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.