With frigid temperatures and significant snow fall expected across many parts of the state for the next week or so propane consumers need take a few important steps to stay safe and warm. Homes and business that use propane to generate heat or run appliances should make sure to take the following steps:
1. Clear snow and ice from around your propane tank, chimneys, flue pipes and vents. Use a broom rather than a shovel, and clear these areas frequently to reduce the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning. If pipes freeze and crack, gas can leak out and cause potential danger.
2. Check your propane tank, chimneys, flue pipes and vent connectors for damage, blockage, or debris caused by snow or ice. Do not attempt repairs yourself. Call your propane dealer for assistance.
3. Keep path to propane tanks clear as frigid weather progresses. Ensure that there is always a clear path to your tank for deliveries, including your filler pipe. And be sure to notify any snow plow drivers or contractors of your propane tank location.
4. Use extreme caution when operating portable generators. Never use a portable generator (gasoline, diesel, or propane) indoors or in enclosed areas. This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or death.
If you smell gas inside or outside of your home or business, follow these instructions:
1. No flames or sparks! Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate or turn on or off lights, appliances, telephones or cell phones.
2. Leave the area immediately. Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
3. Shut off the gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank, if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
4. Report the leak. From a neighbor’s home or other building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away. If you can’t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.
5. Do not return to the building or area until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.
6. Get your system checked. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.
More safety tips are online at nypropane.com and ropanecomfort.com.
About the New York Propane Gas Association
The New York Propane Gas Association is a member-focused trade organization providing services that communicate, educate, and promote the propane industry in New York. The association was formed in 1948 to offer opportunities for training and networking with peers, and to aid with legislative issues that contribute to operating a safe and successful industry.