Outdoor propane tanks are built to withstand the extreme hot and cold temperatures we experience with the changing of the seasons. The freezing temperatures of the winter are no match for an outdoor propane tank – in fact, you don’t even have to cover your tank in the winter! Although propane tanks are built to withstand the extreme cold temperatures of winter, there are some safety measures you should know about to protect your household.
Clear snow from on and around an outdoor propane tank and the regulator using your hands or a broom. DO NOT kick or hit tank parts as this could lead to a leak.
Make sure there is no snow or debris blocking any chimneys, flues, and vents to prevent a carbon monoxide buildup in your home.
Attach a bright flag or a stake to the top of your tank so it’s visible to delivery drivers and during snow removal. This is especially important for an underground propane tank.
If your propane tank is inside a fenced-in yard, make sure you clear a path and make sure any gates are able to be opened. A propane hose can weigh up to 150 lbs, imagine dragging that in 2 feet of snow and fighting obstacles!
If you’re expecting a propane delivery after a storm, please make sure your driveway is clear of snow and ice
If your area is expecting a large winter storm, it’s best to plan ahead and schedule a delivery if you need one. Our general rule of thumb is to keep tanks above 30% during the winter. In the case of a major snowstorm where roads may be impassable and unsafe, our delivery drivers may not be able to get to you for a few days. You can conserve your propane supply by lowering your thermostat to a temperature where you’re still comfortable and closing off rooms that don’t need to be heated.
If you have questions regarding propane safety or need assistance with propane tank maintenance or propane deliveries please don’t hesitate to reach out! Give us a call at 855-734-0290 or send us an email at [email protected].
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