With cooler months in the forecast, people will be loading up on propane to warm their houses. Propane-fueled heating provides many additional benefits for homeowners, offering wide versatility for usage in cooking, washing, and drying.
It’s important to remember propane safety as you fire up your propane appliances this fall and winter. Although propane tanks come with many safety features built in, such as carbon steel construction, puncture resistance, and built-in pressure maintenance devices, it’s important to remember these and other propane safety tips.
“Propane tanks come with many built-in safety features.”
Consider these five safety tips for storing and using propane:
1. Keep Tank Clear of Clutter
Never store any items near your propane tank, especially flammable materials or sources of ignition. Clear away any debris or clutter that might accumulate as well, such as leaves or other yard waste.
2. Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
These should be a staple in any house, regardless of heat source – but they’re so important, they deserve a reminder. Having detectors for smoke and carbon monoxide will alert you to any potential carbon monoxide leaks or fires. Be sure to have a plan of action for in the event a detector goes off and periodically check the batteries to ensure they’re still working.
3. Read the Owner’s Manual
While it might be boring, it’s important you have at least some familiarity with any specifics noted in the propane tank’s owner manual. The information in this booklet or pamphlet will provide instructions on how to handle a leak or a hazardous situation. However, you should always contact a dedicated propane specialist or emergency responder in the event of an emergency.
“Running out of gas can lead to a leak when the system is refilled.”
4. Establish a Regular Delivery Schedule
Partner with an experienced propane retailer to establish a regular delivery schedule. This ensures you always have a sufficient supply to heat your home. However, periodically check your tank’s fuel gauge. If there’s less than 20 percent left, contact your propane provider for a refill – you don’t want to get stuck without heat.
In addition, running out of gas can lead to a leak when the system is refilled with propane. Further, moisture or air can seep into an empty tank, causing rust to build up inside.
When you partner with a reliable propane retailer, you gain access to a host of delivery options, such as same-day/next-day delivery, free automatic delivery, and no hidden fees. Plus, by managing your account online, you can ensure there’s never any hiccups with payment.
5. Have your Propane Tank Serviced Periodically
It’s crucial to have a professional propane specialist inspect and service your tank periodically. Your propane provider can perform this task for you. They have experts on hand who know local propane regulations and safety precautions.
Contact SMO Energy for more information about safe propane storage and usage.