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Cold Weather Propane Safety Tips for Your North Carolina Home

Cold weather warning

Posted: November 29, 2018

Propane is one of the safest ways to keep your family warm all winter long – but as is the case with any energy source, you and your family have to know what to do if the unexpected occurs in your propane-powered home.

Here are four key propane safety tips and reminders for the North Carolina winter to come:

  1. Make sure all adults in your home know how to shut the valve on your propane gas tank in case of emergency. Contact us if you are not sure how to do this.
  2. Teach your family how to identify the rotten egg smell of a gas leak – and what to do if they detect it.
  3. Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors on every level of your home, following manufacturer’s recommendations for placement and maintenance. Replace batteries in each detector at least once a year, and replace the unit itself every five years. We also strongly recommend installing propane leak detectors to protect against odor loss in the event of a propane leak.
  4. If severe winter weather is forecast:
    • Make sure you have enough propane gas to last at least a week in case of road closures
    • Always follow the instructions of local authorities for evacuations and shelter-in-place emergencies
    • Clear snow and debris from vents, chimneys, and flues after a storm to a dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide
    • If you suspect that any of your propane appliances have been damaged or are not working properly, contact us right away for service – do not attempt to use them! Remember: if you shut down your gas supply for any reason, the law requires you to hire a licensed professional to restart you system.

Stay safe this winter – contact Parker Gas today if you have any questions about propane safety in your home!

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