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:
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.
Clear snow and debris from vents, chimneys, and flues after a storm to ensure proper ventilation for your equipment.
Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors on every level of your home, following manufacturer’s instructions for placement and maintenance. Replace batteries at least once a year, and replace the unit itself as suggested by the manufacturer (usually every five or ten years, depending on the model). We also strongly recommend installing propane leak detectors to protect against propane odor loss in the event of a leak.
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!