Winter Propane Safety

Stay SHUTE Safe this Winter!

With a propane tank in your own yard, you can sit back in warmth even when winter storms knock the power out. But, even propane requires extra precautions when Old Man Winter strikes.

At Shute Oil and Propane, we take safety seriously! These tips can help you stay safe and warm all winter long.

Make sure your heating system and appliances are running efficiently. Be safe and save money—have a qualified service technician inspect and service your appliances and propane system.

Maintain an adequate (at least 30%) supply of propane in your tank. A severe storm can hinder additional propane deliveries. Tell us right away if you run out of propane. We must check your system for leaks before turning the gas back on.

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Keep the path to your propane tank clear. A clear path helps drivers get to your tank easily, fill it quickly, and move on to our next valued customer.

Allow your appliances to vent properly. If it is safe to do so, clear snow and ice away from outdoor vents, chimneys, and flues to prevent blocking any ventilation.

Clear snow and ice from around your propane tank. This includes regulators, regulator vents, piping, tubing, and valves. Use a broom instead of a shovel to prevent damage to your propane system components.

Mark your tank with a brightly colored stake or flag taller than the maximum anticipated snow depth. Also, mark your secondary pressure regulator or meter. It is usually near the side of your home. It is important to mark your tank and equipment to enable emergency and propane service personnel to locate it at all times.

Stay Carbon Monoxide Safe! Never use a stove or bring your gas grill indoors for space heating, even during a power outage. Never use a portable generator (gasoline, diesel, or propane) indoors or in enclosed areas. Doing so can result in carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning or death.

Create an emergency preparedness plan and review it with everyone in your family. Post a list with contact information for Shute Oil and Propane and emergency services (fire department, etc.) along with instructions for turning off propane, electricity, and water. If you do need to turn off your propane, contact a service technician to inspect your propane system prior to turning it back on.

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