As all of our customers know, propane is a safe and a really great energy source for staying warm and cozy all winter long, especially in the Syracuse and Central New York area where we live. But like any energy source, things can happen that are beyond your control, and you need to know what propane safety measures to do when something unexpected occurs.
Here are six top propane safety tips for to always keep in mind, especially during the cold winter months, but also all year round:
- Teach everyone to recognize the distinctive smell of propane, and what they need to do if they smell propane. Propane is easy to identify by is “rotten egg” smell.
- Teach everyone how to shut off your propane supply at the tank. If you are not sure how exactly to do this, we have a great video on our YouTube channel that takes only a few minutes to watch. If you have any questions on what to do, please contact us.
- Never EVER use outdoor propane appliances such as propane grills, patio heaters, space heaters, and portable generators indoors. This includes your garage, with the garage door open. Think SAFETY at all times. Never leave a gas grill unattended, even for the shortest amount of time.
If a storm or severe weather is forecast:
- Make sure you have enough propane on hand to last for a week or so in case of road or bridge closures that would impact your regular propane delivery. Call us to discuss your specific needs.
- Listen to your radio for updates and instructions from authorities in your area.
- Clear snow and debris from chimneys, flues, and vents after a storm to reduce the risk of inadvertent Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning. Use a broom, not a shovel to do this.
In the event that your propane heating system or any of your propane appliances have been damaged, contact us right away. This is especially important if you have shut off your gas at the tank, because by New York State law, you must contact a licensed professional (us) to restart your system.
At Country Propane, we are here serving our customers across Central New York from Tully, to Canastota, Oswego, and Syracuse, keeping you and your family safe and comfortable all year round. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about your propane service and especially about propane safety for your home and business.