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.
- Designate an area to pile any accumulation of snow safely away from any propane equipment. Advise snow removal companies of the location of your propane tanks and equipment, so they can keep clear of it to avoid damage and potentially dangerous gas leaks.
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.
- Frequently check where snow or ice collect on your roof, structure, or nearby trees and clear it if you believe it might fall on any part of your propane system. Never shovel snow off roofs and onto propane equipment. Heavy accumulations of snow or ice falling on tanks, regulators, meters, piping, or valves may cause damage that could result in a gas leak.
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.
- Snow or ice accumulation can potentially cause parts of your propane system to crack or break, resulting in a gas leak. It is your responsibility to make sure that all propane pipes, valves, regulators, and tanks are clear of snow and ice. Gently brush away snow or ice that has accumulated around the tank, meter, regulator, and any other piping. Do this using a broom or by hand. If you must use a shovel, use extreme caution around all equipment. If you notice any snow or ice buildup that cannot be removed easily, contact Shute immediately. DO NOT attempt to remove snow or ice by kicking or hitting equipment.
- In high snowfall areas, drifting snow and snow and ice sliding off the roof may require additional regulator and vent protection. Consider installing snow protection or a “snow shelter” above your meter or regulator to prevent snow and ice damage.
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.