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Winter Propane Safety Tips

Posted: January 20, 2020

Winter propane safety tips

Propane is a great ally when the days are short and temperatures plummet here in Central Maine. But it’s important to remember that propane is still a fuel – and as with any fuel, you have to know how to handle it safely, especially if the unexpected happens.

Did You Know About These Essential Winter Propane Safety Tips?

Here are some important safety reminders for winter in your propane-powered home:

  1. Learn how to shut the valve on your main propane gas tank, and teach every adult in the house how to do it. If you’re not sure how to do that, contact us.
  2. Learn how to identify a propane leak – which smells like rotten eggs – and what to do if you discover one.
  3. Take precautions against the possibility of a carbon monoxide buildup in your home:
  4. If severe winter weather is forecast:
    • Check your propane levels, making sure you have enough gas to last at least a week in case of road closures.
    • Flag your propane tank so that it is visible in the event of drifting snow.
    • Always follow the instructions of local authorities, particularly regarding evacuations.
    • If you suspect that any of your propane equipment has been damaged or is not 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!

For additional severe weather propane safety tips, visit the Propane Education Research Council (PERC) website.

Stay safe this winter – contact Murray-Heutz Oil and Propane today if you have any questions about propane safety in your home, or if you need expert propane service or reliable propane deliveries for your Androscoggin County, ME home.