It seems our region is going to encounter a cold, and possibly snowy winter. Past years have taught us that snowstorms creep up with little notice and create big problems for homeowners (and commuters…but that’s a different story!).
In addition to the general preparedness tips like buying plenty of water and non-perishable food and keeping flashlights on hand, here are some tips for staying safe around propane when snowstorms hit.
Before the Storm
- Make sure you have an adequate supply of propane in your tank. No one wants to lose heat or hot water during a snowstorm. In the event of a storm, roads leading to your home might not be accessible for delivery, so consider our autofill program or be proactive in requesting service when the tank gauge reads approximately 30%.
- Review general propane safety information and a complete list of winter weather safety tips (find our safety guides here).
- Mark your propane tank location with a flag, pole, or stake that is higher than the average snow cover depth for your area so you don’t lose sight of it in the event of significant accumulation.
- Make sure you and your family members know how to turn off the electricity, propane and water.
During the Storm
- Clear snow and ice from around your propane tank. If pipes freeze and crack, gas can leak out and create a potential danger.
- Never use outdoor propane appliances indoors or in enclosed areas, or use a gas oven or range-top burners to provide space heating. This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or death. These include outdoor portable heaters, barbecue grills, and portable generators.
- Clear snow and ice away from all outdoor vents, chimneys and flues. Whenever possible, use a broom instead of a shovel so you won’t damage your propane system.
After the Storm
Extremely cold temperatures can lead to cracked and frozen pipes, while high winds and falling ice can damage gas lines, tanks and equipment. Check the following:
- Check for downed trees or power lines that can create safety hazards. Report any problems immediately.
- Inspect your propane tank, appliances, chimneys, flue pipes and vent connectors. If you see any damage or blockages, call Revere Gas for service.
- Don’t try to repair valves, regulators, or other propane appliance parts. Doing so is dangerous and it’s smarter to call your nearest Revere location with a repair request.
- If you do suspect that any propane appliance or equipment has been damaged, do not use until a service technician indicates it is safe.
Do you feel ready for 2017’s winter storms? If not, don’t hesitate to contact Revere with any of your propane service questions.