Top 5 Safety Tips for Using Propane During Severe Winter Weather
With the threat of a winter storm throughout the region, more people are using propane generators to heat and power their homes. Winter storms can cause extended power outages and hazardous travel conditions. Access to fuel and emergency services may be limited once a severe storm hits, making standby generators a necessity.
Propane is a naturally safe, clean energy source that is used in millions of homes. Compared to gasoline, propane is efficient, less expensive and has an unlimited storage life, making it a top choice for generator fuel. As with any fuel source, users should follow the necessary precautions. Below are our tips on how to use propane safely during severe winter weather.
Top 5 Tips
Be sure there is an adequate supply of fuel in the tank. The optimal tank level should be around 30% or higher.
Keep the area around the propane tank and any vents, chimneys, or flues free from ice and snow.
Be sure the propane generator is well-maintained, stored outdoors away from open windows and doors, and be sure to use high-quality extension cords designed for outside use to connect the propane generator to the house.
Never store propane tanks indoors.
Notify your propane provider immediately if your propane runs out or the connection is disrupted, so that a qualified technician can check for leaks and turn your gas back on.