Posted: January 11, 2021
While propane safety is important year-round, the coldest time of the year presents specific challenges and potential hazards. Here are some tips to remain safe as you hunker down in your propane home during the worst of winter.
As a general rule, you should schedule your next delivery when your tank gauge reads 30%. You can make the rest of winter a lot easier on yourself by signing up for automatic delivery. We’ll schedule your deliveries based on your usage patterns and the weather.
You may qualify for a wireless tank monitor, which you can use in combination with automatic delivery. We can install a device that wirelessly monitors your fuel usage, so we will always know the actual amount of fuel in your tank. Read more about automatic deliveries and tank monitors.
If you call for your propane, make sure you have enough propane to last for at least a week after the storm ends in case there are road closures.
Monitor local media and websites for instructions on the appropriate actions to take.
Your home should have at least one CO detector on each level—and there should be one outside every bedroom. Once a month, test them, and replace the batteries if necessary. Every five years, replace your CO detectors.
Once a month, run your propane generator for about 20 minutes to keep all of the moving parts lubricated. Check to ensure that you have enough fuel to last at least a week. Don’t wait until a power outage to find out your generator is low on propane.
Never use any outdoor propane appliances—including propane grills—in an enclosed space or inside your home. (This includes garages and sunporches.) DO NOT use your propane-fueled stove for heating or for any reason other than its intended purpose.
If you have an emergency, call us right away. To ensure the quickest response, do not email us about any serious problem.
In the meantime, continue to count on the People You Can Trust at Wilson Oil and Propane for reliable deliveries and expert service for your propane equipment. Read more about propane safety.