Minnesota and Wisconsin typically see a yearly snowfall accumulation well into the double digits. Even though we know cold and snow, it’s important to take the proper precautions during winter, so your propane tank stays fully operational.
Be Prepared For Anything
Being fully prepared for a Minnesota or Wisconsin winter requires some planning, so keep these safety tips in mind to protect yourself and your propane system.
- Stay in contact with your propane provider, so they’re aware of your supply needs. Lakes Gas offers automatic and will-call propane delivery options, so you always have what you need when you need it.
- Monitor the weather and keep your tank full during winter storms. Blocked roadways and slippery conditions mean deliveries get delayed, leaving you without heat.
- Clear your tank, vents, and chimneys of ice and snow. Mark your tank with a pole or flag and shovel a direct path for easy delivery.
- Pay attention to your gauges and install propane and carbon monoxide detectors to keep your family safe from leaks.
Be In The Know
If you rely on a propane system to keep you warm through the winter, there are things you need to know to keep your tank running and your family safe and healthy.
Know how to shut off the gas: Adults should know how to shut off the main propane tank in case of a leak or emergency. Contact Lakes Gas representative to get the information you need to secure your tank properly.
Know how to detect a leak: Propane has a distinctive smell that’s easily detectable. Carbon monoxide leaks are more hazardous as the gas is colorless and odorless. Carbon monoxide poisoning is more common during winter when the house is sealed up. Symptoms include nausea and vomiting, headaches, and fatigue.
Know what to do in an emergency: Have a plan ready before disaster strikes. Keep a list of emergency numbers, including your propane provider, in an accessible location. Conserve heat by setting the thermostat as low as is comfortable. If your tank leaks, put out all flames, leave the premises, and call 911.