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Cold weather safety tips for your propane-powered home

cold weatherPropane gas is one of the best ways to power your North Carolina home. But as with any fuel, you have to know what to do if the unexpected happens – especially during winter, when propane use is at its peak and the dangers of being without heat are greatest.

Here are seven propane safety tips for the cold weather months ahead of us here in the Piedmont Triangle region:

  1. Learn how to shut off the supply of gas from the propane tank, and teach all adults in the house how to do it. If you’re not sure how to do that, contact us.
  2. Learn how to identify a propane leak – which smells like rotten eggs – and what to do if you discover one.
  3. Following manufacturer’s instructions, install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors on every level of your home, maintaining them as recommended by the manufacturer’s instructions. We also strongly suggest installing propane leak detectors to safeguard against propane odor loss.
  4. Never store propane cylinders indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.
  5. Never use outdoor propane equipment (grills, portable generators, etc.) indoors: carbon monoxide (CO) from these devices is a dangerous and potentially deadly hazard.
  6. If severe winter weather is approaching:
    • Check your propane levels, making sure you have enough gas to last a week in the event road closures disrupt propane deliveries; If you have a propane whole house generator, be sure to take its fuel use into account if you plan to run it in the event of a power outage.
    • Follow the instructions of local authorities;
    • Clear snow and debris from vents, chimneys, and flues after a storm to reduce the risk of CO poisoning; use a broom rather than a shovel to avoid damaging your equipment.
  7. If you suspect that any of your propane equipment has been damaged or isn’t working properly, contact a professional immediately for repairs. Remember: if you shut down your gas supply, the law requires you to hire a licensed professional to restart your system.

Stay safe this winter – contact Rose Oil today if you have any questions about propane safety, or if you need reliable propane delivery in any weather for your Vance, Granville, Franklin, Warren, Wake, Durham, Wilson, or South Side Virginia County home.