Being aware of propane safety practices is important year-round, but the coldest time of the year brings us specific challenges and potential hazards.
Here are some tips to remain safe as you hunker down in your propane home during the worst of winter.
As a general rule, you should schedule your next delivery when your tank gauge reads 30%. If you call for your propane, make sure you have enough propane to last for at least a week after the storm ends in case there are road closures.
You can make the rest of winter a lot easier on yourself by checking with your propane supplier to see if they offer automatic delivery service. They’ll be able to schedule your deliveries automatically based on your usage patterns and the weather. This “keep full” service eliminates the hassle of checking your tank level and calling to place an order every time you need more propane.
Your home should have at least one CO detector on each level—and there should be one outside every bedroom. Once a month, test them, and replace the batteries if necessary. Every five years, replace your CO detectors.
Once a month, run your propane generator for about 20 minutes to keep all of the moving parts lubricated. Check to ensure that you have enough fuel to last at least a week. Don’t wait until a power outage to find out your generator is low on propane.
Never use any outdoor propane appliances—including propane grills—in an enclosed space or inside your home. DO NOT use your propane-fueled stove for heating or for any reason other than its intended purpose.
If you smell the distinctive rotten-egg odor of propane gas in your home or around your propane tank, get everyone out of the house immediately. Don’t use any electrical switches or phones, and extinguish potential ignition sources like cigarettes or candles. Once you’re safely away, call your propane service provider or 911 for help.
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