Winter Propane Safety Tips You Should Know

6 Dos and Don’ts to Keep Your Home Warm and Safe

propane delivery pennsylvania The mercury in the thermometer has been bottoming out in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania in recent weeks. At Poore’s Propane and Oil, we are dedicated to getting our customers the fuel they need to stay warm and comfortable, no matter what the weather brings our way!

We are also committed to helping you stay safe, especially regarding your propane systems and appliances. With that in mind, here are six propane dos and don’ts to remember this winter.

1. Do Have a Propane Safety Plan with Your Family

A vital starting point for winter preparedness is ensuring everyone in your home knows what to do in a propane-related emergency. To do so, you can:

  • Confirm that everyone knows what propane smells like (rotten eggs or a skunk’s spray).
  • Post the contact information for emergency services and your propane company in easy-to-identify areas.
  • Ensure every adult knows how to close the propane supply to your home.
  • Confirm a place to meet outside your home in case of a gas leak.

2. Don’t Use Propane Appliances for Heating Unless It’s Their Main Function

Under NO circumstances should you use a propane oven or stove for heating. You should also keep all outdoor gas appliances (i.e., grills, fire pits, outdoor fireplaces) outside. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when using a propane-powered product.

3. Do Install Propane Detectors in Your Home

As a homeowner, you know how valuable carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are in protecting your family from toxic fumes. However, a CO detector won’t detect propane.

We strongly recommend that you install UL-listed gas detectors near any propane appliances. They will alert you if a burner or gas line leaks propane gas into your living space.

4. Don’t Let Snow and Ice Cover Your Vents and Chimneys

One of the most common causes of CO accumulation is a blocked flue, vent, or chimney. When snow has covered your home, it’s essential to clear away any snow and ice away from outdoor vents, chimneys, and flues.

It’s typically better to use a broom rather than a shovel to clear the blockage. This will reduce the chance of damaging your venting equipment.

5. Do Ensure Your Propane Tank Stays Visible

When the weather is clear, it’s easy to find your propane tank, regulators, and supply valves. But when a snowstorm blankets the ground with multiple feet of white powder, locating these items becomes tough. You might find yourself digging blindly to uncover your fuel storage!

To prepare for a winter storm, mark all your propane-powered machinery with flags you can see above the snow.

6. Don’t Run Out of Propane!

Propane-fired furnaces, boilers, and water heaters provide some of the most robust heating and hot water possible—but you need propane for them to work. If you’re on Will-Call propane delivery, it’s time to take advantage of automatic delivery to ensure you avoid a costly, inconvenient runout.

With this FREE service, we track your fuel usage based on your past usage patterns and real-time weather forecasts. We will anticipate inclement weather and ensure you get the propane you need right on time.

The Poore’s Propane team is ready to service your Delmarva or Eastern Pennsylvania home. Become a customer today.