A Cold Weather Preparation Checklist and Winter Safety Tips for Propane Consumers
The weather is cold and wet throughout most of the United States this time of year. Even in California we see low temperatures and, in some cases, even snow during January and February. As propane customers, colder weather means higher consumption of fuel (traditionally) because our home’s heaters are working overtime. This checklist of propane winter safety tips can help us better ensure our creature comforts this season.
MAINTAIN AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF PROPANE IN YOUR TANK:
A severe winter storm can impact us all. With greater demands, Delta Liquid Energy will do our best to keep your tanks filled, but sometimes natural disasters may slow propane deliveries. Always know your propane tank level so that you do not run out, especially during harsh weather. If you do happen to run out of propane, the National Fire Protection Association, which issues safety standards for the industry, requires that a certified service technician MUST perform a full safety check of your system before turning your gas back on. Delta Liquid Energy’s technicians are ready and trained to perform these tests and will do so prior to reinstating your service should your propane supply be depleted.
KEEP THE PATH TO YOUR TANK CLEAR:
A clear path helps our delivery specialists get to your tank easily and fill it quickly. Delta Liquid Energy may assist with this if needed, however, it is smart to have your path ready to go prior to a delivery.
CLEAR SNOW & ICE AROUND YOUR TANK:
If you live in the colder regions, familiarize yourself with where regulators, regulator vents, piping, tubing, and valves are located before a storm, because it is important to keep them clear. Clear any snow or debris that may be blocking access to your tank and blocking or clogging the vents. Use a broom instead of a shovel to prevent damage to your propane system components. Doing so may also increase your fuel efficiency (Source: PERC).
IN AN EMERGENCY, USE ENERGY WISELY:
Winter storms and the resulting inaccessible roads may make propane deliveries difficult for several days. Use energy conservatively by setting your programmable thermostat to as low as is comfortable — possibly a few degrees cooler at night or when nobody is home — and be prepared with extra blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats. Close off any rooms that don’t need to be heated. If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, be sure it is properly vented to the outside and does not leak gas from the flue or exhaust into the indoor area.
STAY IN REGULAR CONTACT WITH DLE:
Plan ahead and know who to call. Doing so gives you enough time to arrange a refill long before you run out of propane. Our contact information is listed here on our website. All of our offices have 24-hour emergency response personnel to assist you day or night.
IF YOU SMELL GAS, FOLLOW THESE STEPS:
Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cellphones. Get everyone away from the home or area where you suspect gas is leaking. If safe to do so, close or shut off the main gas supply valve on your tank by turning it to the right (clockwise). Call DLE immediately from a safe distance to report the leak. If you cannot reach us, call 911. Do not return to the area until a DLE certified technician or emergency responder says that it is safe to do so.