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Cold Weather Propane Safety Tips

Keep safe and warm this winter

carbon monoxide checkWinter weather can get pretty hazardous here in southwestern Connecticut in the form of ice storms, snowstorms, or visits from the polar vortex and the severe chill those bring with it.

Prior to any of those arriving, it’s important to make sure you’re up and up on propane safety so you can keep your home not only warm, but safe, when winter gives us its worst. Here are five tips to follow.

  1. Keep an eye on your propane tank gauge. If you’re low on propane, especially if severe weather is in the forecast, contact Rural Fuel right away to schedule a propane delivery. You need an adequate supply to get through bad weather as well as several days afterwards in case roads become impassable. Don’t let your tank get below 25 percent before contacting us. In fact, you can take the worry away by enrolling in automatic delivery – it’s no additional cost, and will prevent the possibility of runouts so it’s never forgotten amongst your busy schedule.
  2. Be careful about carbon monoxide. You need to have at least one carbon monoxide detector on every level of your home, if not outside all bedrooms. Test all of them regularly and replace batteries if you haven’t in a few months. If your CO detectors are more than five years old, they need to be replaced. We strongly encourage you to install propane leak detectors to protect against odor loss in the unlikely event of a leak.
  3. Make sure your generator is ready to go. Your propane whole-house backup generator should have enough propane to last at least a week in case of a power outage. You also need to run it for about 30 minutes once a month to keep moving parts lubricated and spot any potential problems.
  4. Use propane appliances only as directed. Portable propane generators should NEVER be used indoors or in covered spaces like garages or three-season porches. That rule also applies to propane grills or any other outdoor propane appliances. And don’t use propane stoves or ovens for indoor heating.
  5. Keep safe in bad weather. Keep vents, flues and chimney clear of snow, ice and debris so carbon monoxide doesn’t build up. Use a broom to clear snow off of your propane tank, vents, piping, valves and tools. Don’t use a shovel because it could damage the tank or other parts. Make sure there’s always a safe and clear path to your propane tank, and that your driveway is cleared wide enough so our trucks can safely navigate your delivery.

Rural Fuels offers reliable, safe propane delivery as well as quality propane appliances for year ‘round comfort. Contact us today to see how we can help.