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Propane Safety Tips for the Winter Season

Fast Facts You Should Know!

propane safety PennsylvaniaPropane is an outstanding, versatile fuel that offers numerous advantages in winter.

You get outstanding, energy-efficient home heating and water heating. You get peace of mind that the fuel for keeping your home warm is right at your home in your propane tank—and you aren’t dependent on a utility in an emergency.

However, there are some things you need to know—and do—to keep your propane-powered home safe this winter.

Keep an Eye on Your Propane Supply

If Inclement weather or a more severe winter storm is on the way, go outside right away to check your propane tank levels. Not only do you need enough propane to comfortably manage the storm itself, but also several days after, when ice or freezing rain might make roads hazardous, which can delay deliveries. If there is bad weather in the forecast and your propane tank is around 30% full or less, contact us immediately to schedule a propane delivery.

Keep Full automatic propane delivery is fantastic for ensuring you have enough propane—and we’ll take care of all the work! We analyze your prior propane usage patterns alongside the present weather patterns to determine when to deliver propane to your residence before you ever run low. No need to call us!

For added safety and convenience, sign up for our Tank Utility wireless propane tank monitoring to get even more assurance about your propane supply throughout the winter! Through a small device attached right to the exterior of your tank, we’ll know in real-time exactly how much propane you have on-hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, so we can schedule your propane delivery exactly when you need it. You’ll always know how much propane you have, too, with the Tank Utility app for your smartphone or mobile device.

Practice Propane Safety

Propane is a very safe fuel owing to stringent local, state, and federal regulations and rigorous industry standards. But in the unlikely event of a propane leak, you must be informed about propane safety and how to safeguard your home and loved ones. Every adult in the house should know how to turn off the propane supply at its source, which is your propane tank.

Have questions about propane safety? ProGas is here to help! Get in touch with us with any questions you have, and we’ll promptly get back to you with information you can keep on file.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that, in high enough quantities, can be deadly. The risk carbon monoxide poisoning is greater in the winter months. Here’s what you should do to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors should be placed on every floor of your house, as well as outside all sleeping areas, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Check the batteries once a year and replace them when needed. CO detectors, additionally, must be replaced every five years.

Check vents regularly, especially after it snows, to make sure they are cleared.

We strongly recommend installing propane leak detectors to protect against odor loss in the event of a propane leak.

Know the symptoms of CO poisoning.

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chest Pain
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Confusion

Infants, children, the elderly, and people with breathing or heart conditions are especially vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning.

If a carbon monoxide alarm goes off or if you detect a CO leak, evacuate the premises immediately and call 911 and ProGas right away.

Prepare Your Backup Generator

If you have a propane-powered whole-house backup generator, check to see whether it has enough propane to last for at least a week in the event of a power outage. During the winter, run your generator for about 20 minutes every month to ensure that it is working properly and that important moving components are lubricated.

Enjoy safe, reliable propane delivery this winter—and all year long—by choosing ProGas. Become a ProGas customer today and experience the difference we can make for you.