Propane Preparation & Safety Tips For Winter Storms

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Know What To Do When Wicked Winter Weather Strikes

As we creep closer to Thanksgiving, we’re coming to terms with the cold weather, and winter storms, ahead.

That means it’s time for a reminder of how to use propane safely so you can weather the storm.

Make Sure You Have Enough Propane

If you know a winter storm is coming, head outside right away to check your propane tank gauge levels. You need enough propane not only to get through a storm, but several days after that because ice or freezing rain can make roads treacherous, which can slow deliveries. If there is bad weather in the forecast and your propane tank is around 20% full (or less), contact us to schedule a propane delivery.

Now is a good time to enroll in Automatic Delivery. We use your prior propane usage and current weather conditions to know when to schedule a delivery to your home. Automatic Delivery customers also pay 10 cents less per gallon.

Want even more peace of mind about your propane supply this winter? Sign up for our TankWatch wireless propane tank monitoring! We’ll know in real time exactly how much propane is in your tank, 24/7, 365 days a year, so we know exactly when to deliver your propane. And you’ll know how much propane you have, too, with the TankWatch app!

Know, And Teach, Propane Safety

Propane is an incredibly safe fuel, thanks to strong local, state, and federal regulations and high industry standards.

But you still need to know about propane safety, and how to protect your home and loved ones in the rare event of a propane leak. All adults in the home need to know how to shut off the propane supply at the source, which is your propane tank.

If you use propane cylinders, you need to know how to store and use them safely. Always store them upright, and never indoors, in the garage, or in an enclosed area like a carport or sunporch.
Have questions about propane safety? Parker Gas is here to help? Contact us with any questions you have, and we’ll promptly get back to you.

Protect Against Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is potentially lethal. The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning goes up in the winter. Here’s what you need to do.

Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors on every level of your home, as well as outside all sleeping areas, making sure to place them according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Test the batteries each time you change your clocks and replace them at least once a year. CO detectors need to be replaced every five years.

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.

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

If a CO detector goes off, or if you suspect a CO leak, get everyone out of the house IMMEDIATELY, then call 911 and Parker Gas.

Make Sure Your Generator Is Ready

If you have a propane whole-house backup generator, make sure it has enough fuel to run for at least a week in the event of a power outage. Run your generator once a month for about 20 minutes during the winter to make sure it is operating properly and to make sure critical moving parts remain lubricated.

Like the idea of a safe, comfortable home when the power’s out? Parker Gas also sells and installs propane whole-house generators!

Become a Parker Gas customer and get safe, reliable propane delivery!