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Top Winter Safety Tips

January 16, 2019
Cold weather thermometer.

Most northeasterners have experienced frigid temperatures and extreme snowfalls. After receiving a significant snowfall, we sometimes forget the havoc winter storms can create in our home and life. 

But propane doesn’t have to be one of those issues. Here are 10 savvy winter preparedness tips along with a few safety reminders during power outages to help you beat the cold before, during and after a storm.

  1. Make a list of emergency phone numbers for easy access. This includes local numbers for the Police and Fire Departments as well as your Propane Retailer, Paraco Gas 800.647.4427. Post these on the fridge so everyone in your family knows where they are.
     
  2. FILL YOUR TANKS: Make sure your tank has an adequate supply of propane to safeguard against running out of propane during and after a winter storm.

  • If you are a WILL CALL customer and your tank is down to 30% or less please log onto the My Account portal (https://myaccount.paracogas.com/) to schedule a delivery or call 800.647.4427. Even if you call today, it may take a few days for your fuel to be delivered after your order is placed, which is why it’s important to give ample time for delivery. Keep in mind that during and after a winter storm, roads may be challenging to navigate and possibly inaccessible for delivery.
     
  • Consider signing up for Paraco’s automatic delivery program, which will deliver more than just peace of mind. If you are on Automatic Delivery, we will know when to refill your tank(s). Paraco monitors your consumption and refills your containers accordingly so you’ll never need to worry about running out or having to call us.
  1. Use energy wisely. Winter storms and inaccessible roads can make propane deliveries impossible for several days. Be proactive by setting your programmable thermostat to as low as is comfortable and close off rooms that don’t need to be heated.
  1. Mark your propane tank with a flag, pole, or another object for easy identification. This will prevent snow blowers and plows from accidentally damaging your tank.
  1. Clear snow and ice around your propane tank, including regulators, regulator vents, piping, tubing, and valves. Use a broom, not shovel, in order to prevent damage to your propane system components.
  1. Keep the path to your propane tank clear. A clear path is key, allowing delivery drivers access to your tank easily and safely. Otherwise, your delivery driver may not be able to access your tank, putting you at risk of a run out.
  1. Allow your appliances to vent properly. If safe to do so, clear snow and ice away from outdoor vents, chimneys, and flues to prevent blocking ventilation.
  1. If you smell gas, immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Leave immediately. Then, call us from a safe place to report the leak. If you are unable to reach us, call 911.  Do not return to the area until our service technician or emergency responder gives the OK.
  1. Never use a stove or bring your gas grill indoors for space heating. Only use appliances indoors that are designed and approved for that purpose. Improper ventilation can lead to unsafe carbon monoxide (CO) fume build up.
  1. Keep portable generators accessible and operate with caution. Never use a portable generator (gasoline, diesel, or propane) indoors or in enclosed areas. Doing so can result in carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

 

Safety During Power Outages

If your home loses power during a winter storm, please mind the following 3 tips regarding propane safety.

  1. Never use a propane grill indoors.
  2. Never use propane stoves or ovens for space heating purposes.
  3. Smell gas?  Leave immediately. Then, call 911.

 

Remember -- A vigilant eye on the winter weather is the key to keeping your family safe. Please take a few moments to review our propane tips for high snowfall areas at https://www.paracogas.com/support/storm-center

 

Sources:

Propane Education & Research Council, https://propane.com/safety/winter-weather-safety-tips/.

Paraco at www.Paracogas.com