Using Propane Safely During A Winter Storm

fuel tank winter care iowaWinter storms can get pretty severe here in Southwest Iowa – which is why you need to be ready for anything when it comes to keeping your family safe in your propane powered home.

Here are six safety reminders to consider if you want to use propane safely during severe weather this winter:

  1. Mark your propane tanks – Drifting snow can easily hide a propane tank and its fill vent. That’s why it’s helpful to mark the location of your propane tanks with a flag or pole that’s tall enough to be seen above to expected snow line.
  2. Clear the surface of your tank after a storm – Use a broom – never a shovel – to clear snow and ice from your propane tank. Maintain a clear pathway to your tank to allow access for delivery and repair crews.
  3. Let plow operators know where your propane tanks are located – As we said before, snow can easily obscure a propane tank, keeping it from being seen by snowplow operators. That can be a potentially serious safety hazard for everyone on your property.
  4. Keep fuel in your tank – One of the most important things you can do to prepare for a winter storm is to make sure you have enough propane on hand to make it through the storm – and for several days after, since roads may be closed.
  5. Repair damaged equipment immediately – if your propane equipment has been damaged or is not working properly in the aftermath of severe weather, contact us right away. Malfunctioning equipment can be dangerous, leaving you exposed to carbon monoxide leak risks and more. And remember: if you shut down your gas for any reason, the law requires you to hire a licensed professional to pressure test and restart your system.
  6. Consider adding a propane-powered generator – Did you know that power outages happen nearly twice as frequently as they did just 10 years ago? In remote areas, a power outage can quickly turn from inconvenient to dangerous as inaccessible roads delay repair crews. If you live in a rural area, strongly consider installing a whole house propane generator for peace of mind in any weather. Unlike diesel fuel, propane won’t gel in severe cold, so it’s a great fuel to have on your side in emergency winter situations. Propane also doesn’t decay – which means that as long as you take care of your storage tank, you can leave propane stored for years without impeding performance.

One easy way to make sure you have enough fuel on hand during severe weather is to set up automatic propane deliveries in Southwest Iowa with Pelgas. Contact us today to learn more, or to become a Pelgas propane customer!