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Propane Safety Tips During Severe Winter Weather

Keep Your Home Safe And Warm Even In The Worst Weather!

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Winter is in full force here in greater Pittsburgh! And ProGas is committed to making sure your home stays safe and comfortable all the way through. That’s why we do our best to keep you thoroughly informed about propane safety best practices.

This list will help you protect your home and loved ones while making sure you’re warm and comfy no matter what Old Man Winter sends our way.

Know How Much Propane You Have

Don’t let your propane tank gauge levels fall below 25%. If your propane tank gauge is somewhere around 30% and severe cold or weather is in the forecast, get in touch with us right away to schedule a delivery so you know that you’ll have enough propane to keep your home warm and comfortable.

You can make having enough propane easy as pie with our Keep Full automatic delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring from Tank Utility.

Practice— And Be Aware Of — Carbon Monoxide Safety

The risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is greatest during winter as we are indoors and using our home heating systems. In fact, more than 400 people each year die of CO poisoning, and more than 50,000 end up in the emergency room.

The symptoms of CO poisoning are often described as “flu-like” and include:

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

You need to have carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, and outside all bedrooms.

Test your CO detectors and replace the batteries every six months. CO detectors need to be replaced every five years. We strongly recommend installing propane leak detectors to protect against odor loss in the unlikely event of a propane leak.

Check Your Generator— Is It Filled?

Make sure your propane generator is running as it should by turning it on and letting it run for 20 minutes once per month. This helps keep the moving parts lubricated.

Also check how much propane is in your generator’s tank. You should have enough to last at least a week, as poor road conditions may make deliveries slower.

Use Your Propane Appliances Properly

NEVER use outdoor propane appliances such as generators or grills indoors (that includes the garage) or in enclosed areas like carports or sunporches.

Also, NEVER use your propane range’s oven for supplemental indoor heating.

Always Be Ready For Severe Weather

Regularly make sure that your chimneys, flues, and vents are clear of snow and other debris. If bad weather is in the forecast, check those again and clear anything away. Don’t let your propane tank stay covered in snow, as that can shrink the volume of the propane within it to levels where it does not have the pressure to reach your appliances.

Use a broom to clear snow off your tank and its parts. A shovel may damage the tank and the parts.

Have questions about propane safety? Don’t hesitate to contact us. ProGas, Inc. should be the supplier of choice for all your propane needs and much more. Reach out today to learn about special offers, services in your area, or just get more information. We’re always happy to help!