Propane Users: How to Keep Safe and Warm

December 13th, 2016 by Tevis Propane

Baby it’s cold outside! Temperatures are dipping well below freezing overnight and highs in the 30s during the day doesn’t quite take the chill from the air. It is safe to say that old man winter is here and that propane users need to get into the winter mindset. Safety is our number one priority at Tevis Propane, and there are a few important steps to be prepared.

If you are among the millions of propane users, please take the following steps to keep everyone safe and warm:

  • Check your chimneys, flue pipes and propane tank for damage, blockage or debris caused by snow or ice. 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 chimneys, flues and vents.
  • Keep path to your propane tank clear as winter progresses. There should always be a clear path to your tank for deliveries.
  • Use caution when operating portable generators. Never use a generator indoors or in an enclosed area. Doing so can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Never use a stove for space heating and never use outdoor propane appliances indoors. Propane ventilation is necessary for safe operation.

If you smell gas inside or outside your home, follow these instructions:

  1. Immediately put out all smoking materials and open flames. Do not operate or turn on lights, appliances or phones.
  2. Leave the area immediately. Get everyone out of the building.
  3. Shut off the gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank, if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right.
  4. Report the leak. If you are a Tevis Propane customer we are available 24/7 for emergencies.
  5. Do not return to the building until your propane retailer or emergency responder determines it is safe to do so.
  6. Get your system checked. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer must check your entire system to ensure that is it leak-free.

While propane leaks are rare it is important to know the steps that should be taken in case of an emergency. As propane users know, there is nothing like the comfort and affordability of propane heat. By following a few easy steps this winter you will be set for a safe and warm winter!

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