Winter Propane Safety Reminders

Posted: December 23, 2019

Winter propane safety

Winter has arrived, and in the coming weeks and months you’ll be spending more time indoors leaning on your home heating system for comfort and security as frigid temperatures roll in.

Winter Propane Safety Reminders You Should Know

If you own a propane heating system, that makes now a perfect time for a short refresher course on propane safety for your Central Maine home. Here are six of the most important pointers to keep in mind this heating season:

  1. Review instructions with your family for how to detect a propane leak, and what to do if you have one.
  2. Teach all adults in your home how to turn off the supply of propane gas from your main storage tank. If you are not sure how to do that, contact us.
  3. Never store propane cylinders in your basement, garage, shed, or any other enclosed area.
  4. Never use outdoor propane equipment (grills, portable generators, etc.) indoors: they emit dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) as exhaust, which can become a deadly hazard in your home.
  5. Check all carbon monoxide detectors in your home, replacing batteries and following manufacturer’s instructions regarding maintenance and replacement. We also urge you to install propane leak detectors, which will warn you of a leak in the event of propane odor loss. Know how to spot the symptoms of CO poisoning, and what to do if someone is experiencing them.
  6. Place your propane delivery order when your tank is one third full to avoid running out of fuel, or sign up for automatic propane delivery and let us worry about your propane supply.
  7. If severe weather is forecast:
    • Check your propane levels – Make sure you have enough propane to last for at least a week after the storm ends in case there are road blockages or closures. If you have a propane backup generator, be sure to include it in your propane use calculations.
    • Flag your propane tank – Install a flag near your propane tank’s fill valve so you can find it after a significant snowstorm.
    • Listen to authorities – Monitor local media, websites, and apps for instructions on the appropriate actions to take.
    • Clear your property after the storm – Keep at least an 18-inch wide path to your propane tank clear for propane delivery teams and repair crews. Use a broom to clear all vents, chimneys, and flues to reduce the risk of CO poisoning.
    • Keep an eye on your equipment – If you believe that any of your propane equipment has been damaged, contact us immediately for an inspection. Remember, if you shut down your propane gas supply, you are required to have a pressure test performed by a licensed propane contractor before you can use your propane equipment again.

At Murray-Heutz Oil and Propane, your safety is always priority #1! If you have any questions about propane safety in your Androscoggin County home, please let us know.