5 Propane Safety Tips for Winter

Stay Safe and Comfortable All Heating Season Long

winter propane tennesseeWith a colder-than-normal and snowy winter predicted for Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky this year, you can be sure to rely on the prompt, professional propane delivery and service from Advanced Propane to help keep your home warm and comfortable.

However, YOU need to make sure you apply propane safety best practices to keep your home and loved ones safe throughout the season as well. Here are five essential things to know:

Will-Call Customers: Monitor Your Propane Tank Gauge!

When a cold snap or winter storm is on the way, you’ll need enough gas to get through it. This means you need to be up-and-up on making sure to pay attention to your tank gauges—so you can place an order for propane well ahead of time. Letting your gauges run dangerously low is NEVER a smart move.

Contact Advanced Propane ahead of potential bad weather to place an order for a propane delivery. Make note that you shouldn’t ever let your tank get down to 30% full or lower before scheduling a delivery.

What’s even smarter? Joining our Keep Filled propane delivery program! We’ll consider your previous propane usage patterns and factor them alongside the current weather conditions to determine when you require more fuel, and schedule to deliver it ahead of you ever running low.

Fill Your Backup Generator

If you have a propane whole-house backup generator, be sure it has enough propane for at least a week in the event of a power outage.

Once a month, run the generator for approximately 20 minutes to keep the engine’s moving components lubricated.

Protect Against Carbon Monoxide Threats

Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on every floor of your home, as well as one outside each bedroom. Test them all and replace the batteries as needed. Replace any devices that are more than five years old if necessary.

We also strongly advise you to install propane leak detectors throughout your home, too.

Use Propane Appliances Properly

Portable generators should NEVER be used indoors or in an enclosed location, such as a garage, sunroom, or carport. That also applies to propane grills and any other outdoor equipment.

Propane ranges and ovens are NOT to be used for indoor heating at any time—regardless of any situation at-hand.

Protect Your Home in Bad Weather

Keeping your vents, chimney, and flue clear of ice, snow, and other debris will help prevent carbon monoxide buildup in your home. Clear snow off your propane tank and tank regulators, piping, vents, tubes, and valves to prevent damage.

To protect the tank and parts from harm while removing the snow with a broom rather than a shovel.

Have questions about propane safety? Please get in touch with us and we’ll gladly help.