Staying safe this winter in your propane powered home

winter propane safetyPropane has a stellar safety record – among the best when it comes to home energy sources. But like any fuel that you burn inside your home for heat, you need to take proper precautions when dealing with propane or propane appliances – and know what to do, quickly, if a problem arises.

Here are some important propane safety reminders for winter 2020:

  1. Learn and teach all adults in your home know how to shut the valve on your main propane storage tank in case of an emergency. If you don’t know how to do this, contact us.
  2. Make sure everyone in the house knows how to detect a propane leak (follow your nose…propane smells like rotten eggs) – and what to do if you suspect you have one.
  3. Be proactive to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) problems:
  4. If severe weather is on the way:
    • Make sure you have enough propane gas to last at least a week in case of road closures; if you don’t, schedule a propane delivery as soon as possible.
    • Flag your propane tank so that the fill valve is visible and accessible in high or drifting snow.
    • Always follow the instructions of local authorities.
    • If your propane equipment has been damaged or is not working properly, contact us right away. Remember: if you shut down your gas for any reason, the law requires you to hire a licensed professional to restart your system.

For more winter propane safety tips, visit the Propane Education Research Council (PERC) website.

Stay safe this winter – contact Dorr Oil and Propane today if you have any questions about propane safety, or if you need reliable propane deliveries in Northshire, Stratton Mountain, Bromley Mountain, or the surrounding areas of Vermont.

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