tankIn case you hadn’t heard, winter is coming.

Lakes Gas reminds you that fall is the perfect time to make propane preparations for the upcoming cold season. If you haven’t had your propane system checked recently, it may be a good time to do so. To protect your family and familiarize yourself with your system, the National Propane Gas Association recommends getting it inspected every five years.

 Other ways to get the most out of your propane in the safest manner this winter include:

  • Stock up: You know the upper Midwest winters in Minnesota and Wisconsin are long and cold. Having an adequate supply of propane in your tank ensures you stay safe and warm through the storms.
  • Keep in touch: Staying in regular contact with your provider helps ensure you have the time to arrange a refill well before your supply dwindles.
  • Conserve energy: Programmable thermostats can help you keep heating costs in check. Set it as low as is comfortable, including a few degrees colder at night and when you’re away. You can further save money by closing off rooms that don’t require heat.
  • Keep tank area clear of snow and ice: Use a broom – not a shovel – to clear your tank area, including vents, regulators, tubing, piping and valves.
  • Respond quickly if you smell gas: First, extinguish any smoking materials or open flames. Have everyone leave the area. If it’s safe to do so, shut off the main propane supply valve by turning it clockwise. Next, inform your propane provider about the leak by calling them from a safe location.

For other winter propane tips, visit the Propane Education & Research Council.

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