Safeguard Your Propane Home from Winter Storms
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Did you know that a gas leak can occur if accumulated snow and ice damage your propane system? Taking simple steps before, during, and after snowstorms can reduce this risk.
Follow these tips to have a safe and comfortable winter season no matter what the weather brings:
Have an adequate supply of propane in your tank. In high snowfall areas, roads leading to your home might not be accessible for delivery, particularly after a snowstorm. It is recommended that you establish a regular delivery schedule with your propane retailer.
Keep snow and ice from accumulating on propane equipment. Gently brush away snow or ice that has accumulated around the tank, meter, regulator, and any other piping. Do this using a broom or by hand. If you notice any snow or ice buildup that cannot be removed easily, contact your propane retailer immediately. DO NOT attempt to remove snow or ice by kicking or hitting equipment.
Be alert to snow buildup on rooftops and other areas. Frequently check where snow or ice collect on your roof, structure, or nearby trees and clear it if you believe it might fall on any part of your propane system. Never shovel snow off roofs and onto propane equipment.
Keep vents clear. Appliance vents and chimney flues must ALWAYS be clear of snow or ice. Some homes may have “direct” vents, which are close to the ground. Improper venting can cause carbon monoxide to become trapped in your home, causing serious illness or even death.
Clear driveways and pathways to propane tanks. A propane delivery truck needs at least a 10-foot-wide path to drive up to your house to deliver fuel. Also, keep the tank area and a path to the tank free of snow. When plowing, snow blowing, or shoveling, do not push or pile snow around your tank, meter, regulator, or piping.
Mark your tank and regulator. It is important to mark your tank and equipment to enable emergency and propane service personnel to locate them at all times. Check local ordinances about marking tanks and regulators, and follow any rules applicable to your jurisdiction.