Propane Safety and Winter Storms

Freezing rain, ice storms, snow, and high winds may all be part of winter, but being unprepared for them shouldn’t be. Winter storms can cause extended power outages, downed trees and power lines, and hazardous travel conditions. If your home uses propane to generate heat or run appliances, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep your family safe and avoid potential dangers. These steps can also help you conserve fuel costs — maximizing the value of your energy dollar.

Make sure you have an adequate propane supply. Discuss scheduling regular winter visits so that you always have an adequate supply of propane in your tank. This will avoid running empty in times when roads may be inaccessible for delivery.

Never use a stove for space heating and never use outdoor propane appliances indoors or in enclosed areas, particularly in the event of a power outage. Proper ventilation is necessary for their safe operation, and carbon monoxide (CO) fumes emitted can be lethal. Never store, place, or use a propane cylinder indoors or in enclosed areas.

Use extreme caution when operating portable generators. Never use a portable generator indoors or in enclosed areas.

After the storm passes and it is safe to do so, check the entire area for downed power lines, damaged gas lines, or damage to your propane tank. Immediately call us if any of these hazards exist. Do not attempt repairs yourself.

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