As winter approaches, our propane heat and appliances are working harder every day. Through all of it, your safety is our priority. Here are a few suggestions for steps you can take to keep your propane equipment and appliances running efficiently, smoothly and safely.
Be aware of your carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. When it comes to propane safety, you want to make sure that you have at least one CO detector on each floor of your home—and you should have one outside each bedroom. On a monthly basis, test them so you can replace the batteries if necessary. Every five years, get new CO detectors for your home. (Propane leak detectors are also recommended.)
Know your propane levels. Schedule each propane delivery before your tank gets down to one-quarter full. If snow or severe cold is in the forecast, contact us to schedule a home propane delivery. You can also make the entire process easier on yourself by signing up for Automatic Delivery. This free, convenient service enables us to schedule your deliveries based on the weather and your propane usage patterns.
Make sure your home is ready for winter weather. Keep your chimney, flue and vents clear of any snow or debris. This will ensure that you don’t have a buildup of carbon monoxide. Using a broom (not a shovel!), it’s also important to clear snow off of your propane tank and away from tank regulators, vents, piping, tubes and valves.
Have your generator ready for emergencies. Run your propane generator for about 20 minutes per month. This will keep all the moving parts lubricated. You also want to make sure that you have fuel to last a week—or more—in case of a power outage.
Follow the rules when it comes to generators and propane-powered appliances. Portable generators are for outside use, as are outdoor propane appliances. This includes propane grills. These items should only be used outside, in open space. They should not be used in an enclosed space or indoors. (This includes sunporches, carports and garage spaces.) Inside, your propane-fueled stove should ONLY be used for its intended purpose.
In case of emergency, please call us. Please do not email about an off-hours or immediate need.