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Winter Propane Safety Tips for Your Seacoast Home

Managing propane tank

Posted: January 29, 2018

Propane is one of most versatile and efficient ways to power and heat your home. It’s also one of the safest. But as with any fuel, you need to know what to do if you run into a problem with your propane system, especially in the winter.

Here are five propane safety tips for colder weather:

  1. Know how to turn off the main propane valve at the tank. If you don’t know how to shut your gas valve, ask us.
  2. Learn how to detect a propane leak (a rotten egg smell is the key), and what to do if you discover one.
  3. Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors on every level of your home (follow manufacturer’s instructions for placement and operating instructions).
  4. If severe winter weather is forecast,
    • Make sure you have enough propane to last at least a week in case roads become impassable.
    • Always listen to local authorities regarding safety measures and evacuations.
    • Clear snow and debris from vents, chimneys, and flues after a storm so carbon monoxide can be safely vented out of your living space.
  5. If you suspect that any of your propane appliances have been damaged, contact us immediately for 24/7 emergency service. Do not operate equipment if you’re not sure it is operating correctly! And remember: if you shut down your gas supply, you must (by law) hire a licensed professional to restart your system.

Stay safe this winter – contact P. Gagnon & Son today if you have any questions about propane safety in your home!