Winter storm propane safety tips

The Propane Gas Association of New England is asking consumers to take simple steps to aid in keeping propane tanks filled and keep families safe during and after winter storms:

  • Fuel delivery trucks are twice as wide as cars so make sure that your driveway is cleared to a width of 12 feet.
  • Keep path to tank clear. Ensure that there is a clear path to your tank for deliveries including your filler pipe if you use oil heat.
  • Check your sidewall vented flue pipes for damage or blockage caused by drifting snow. Use a broom rather than a shovel, and clear these areas frequently. This will help reduce the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning due to blocked or damaged chimneys, flues, and vents.
  • Contact propane supplier only when tank is 20% full. During and after a winter storm, roads may be inaccessible for delivery. It is recommended that you establish a regular delivery schedule with your propane retailer. Most suppliers advise waiting until your tank is down to 20% full before scheduling your next delivery.

“Please help us to keep you warm and safe in your home. With more snow predicted for later this week, our drivers can really use the help,” said Joe Rose, president of the Propane Gas Association of New England.

Propane users can find more safety tips online at pgane.org.

About the Propane Gas Association of New England (PGANE)

The Propane Gas Association of New England serves more than 650 members of the propane industry by promoting safety, education, and public awareness of the uses of propane.

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