Propane Safety and Maintenance for Winter

by | Jan 8, 2015 | Blog | 0 comments

We’re just a few weeks into winter and we’re already noticing a significant drop in temperature. While a select few may enjoy the wintry weather nature has in store for us, we know many of you are reminiscing the warm, sunny days summer gifted us, wishing you were lounging next to a pool.

We hate to burst your bubble, but winter has made it’s presence obvious by bestowing upon us the frigid Alberta Clipper, known as Gorgon. Don’t worry, though. We’ll help you get through these next few months with some propane safety tips that will allow you to keep warm and cozy all winter long!

Boulden Propane Safety and Maintenace

As the temperatures continues to drop, the likeliness of a winter storm only increases. The best way to beat a winter storm is by being prepared and knowing how to deal with harsh weather before the storm comes. Propane safety should be high on your list!

Before the Storm:

Locate It

First and foremost, make sure everyone in your household knows the location of the propane tank, whether it’s above ground or below. Then, properly mark the tank with a flag, pole, or stake so that it’s easier to spot.

Your reaction to this next tip may be “obviously,” but it’s important to establish all of the basics. You should also know how to shut off the outdoor propane supply and indoor propane appliances.

How to Turn Off Propane Gas

Fill It

If there’s going to be a storm brewin’ in your near future, make sure your tank has an adequate supply of propane. The last thing you want is to run out of propane during a brutal winter storm. We recommend that you call for a delivery service when your tank is 30% full. Now, it’s important to note that due to inclement weather, the roads aren’t always accessible to delivery trucks, so it’s important to establish regular delivery service.

Boulden Brothers Propane can install wireless tank monitors or simply call the homeowner when the propane tank depletes to 30% using our prediction methods. We want to make sure that all of our customers have reliable propane delivery.

Smell It

Propane is an environmentally-friendly, safe fuel; however, a gas leak can be very dangerous! Propane smells strongly of rotten eggs, skunk spray, or a dead animal. All in all, it’s quite an unpleasant smell! Since propane is naturally odorless and colorless, this potent smell is added for safety purposes. By knowing how to identify a propane leak by smell, there is a better chance of detecting a gas leak more quickly.

For added safety measures, it is possible to install propane gas detectors. Speak with your local propane company on what you can do to add security to your home.

Hopefully you will have heeded the advice above and have enough propane to get through the winter storm. Be aware that snow and ice can make this a particularly difficult time for you as they can freeze and crack pipes, regulators, valves, and other types of propane equipment.

Click here for a guide on how to prevent and thaw frozen pipes this winter.

Clear It

Be sure to clear snow and ice away from all outdoor vents, chimneys and flues. Doing so will reduce the potential for CO (Carbon Monoxide) poisoning. Amerigas recommends using a broom instead of a shovel so that you don’t damage your propane system components.

Additionally, clear snow and ice around or near your propane tank. If the pipe freezes and cracks, gas can pool in the snow, causing it to become an ignition source, thus creating a potentially dangerous situation. In addition, the heavy weight of snow and ice around your tank can cause component damage and leaks.

After the Storm:

We recommend taking the time carefully inspect your tank and the area surrounding it. Look to see if there are downed power lines. Strong winds and falling ice can alter or damage gas lines ad tanks. Immediately call your local propane retailer if you notice anything that could be potentially hazardous.

We do construction and retrofitting of gas lines, gas logs, propane for cooking, and above or underground tanks. We are also a full service provider, offering maintenance of the entire propane system. All of our technicians are NPGA (National Propane Gas Association) Certified.

We are continuing our tradition of supporting The Ronald McDonald House by giving a penny per gallon sold to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, where we personally witnessed the love and support they give to family members of ill children. In fact, with your help, we recently gave them a check for over $5,900.

We look forward to providing your home with propane and donating a portion of the proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House. If you would like to learn more about the propane services offered by Boulden Brothers, give us a call today.

Call Today: 302-368-2553 • Toll Free: 800-296-2553

Visit our Propane Safety page for safety information and links for more in-depth propane heating studies.
If you have more questions, visit the Propane FAQ page.
Here is a Google Map that shows you where Boulden Brothers Propane Refill Stations are located.
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