5 propane-related winter weather tips to keep in mind this season
Like most recent winters, this winter season has been predicted by many to be the coldest in a number of years. It’s a trend that we’ve become accustomed to, but it’s always good to brush off some of those winter weather tips, especially when it comes to taking care of your propane.
1. Check your propane levels
First thing’s first; be sure to have an adequate supply of propane in your tank. Then, check your gauge regularly throughout the winter and call your local Ferrellgas office right away when your tank reaches 30-35 percent. If you’re unsure of how to check your tank gauge, take a look at this blog post for more information and a step-by-step video.
2. Review propane safety
Make sure everyone in your house knows what propane smells like and has a plan in case of a leak. If you smell gas, immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cellphones. Get everyone away from the home or area where you suspect gas is leaking. If safe to do so, close or shut off the main gas supply valve by turning it to the right (clockwise). Call your propane provider immediately from a safe place to report the leak. If you cannot reach someone, call 911. Do not return to the area until a qualified person tells you it is safe to do so.
3. Maintain tank surroundings
Do you live in an area where snowfall is the norm? If you do, or even if you only see one snowfall per season, be sure to clear snow and ice from around your propane tank. A broom is recommended to prevent damage to your propane system components. If your property has an underground propane tank, and there is heavy snowfall, please consider marking your tank’s location using a tall pole or flag. This allows our drivers to immediately locate the tank and ensure a speedy delivery. Finally, we advise clearing a path to your tank for your driver as a courtesy to them, and to ensure a quick and easy propane delivery for you.
4. Keep propane cylinders where they belong
Propane cylinders are not meant to be stored inside. Keep these, and other outdoor appliances such as portable generators, where they belong – and that’s outside! In doing this, your family will be kept safe from potential carbon monoxide fumes that could build up.
5. Conserve energy
Set thermostats as low as it’s comfortable to use your energy wisely just in case propane deliveries are not possible during extreme winter weather conditions. Also consider closing off any rooms that don’t need to be heated.
Get in touch with Ferrellgas for your propane needs
Always be prepared when dealing with your propane. And remember to contact your local Ferrellgas office if there’s anything that we can do to assist you. Whether that be for a fill, or if you have any questions that need answered. We’re happy to assist you on any front, especially during this frigid time of year.