Winter Propane Safety Reminders

Written on: February 8, 2021

propane safety tips wisconsinDuring winter, our propane heating equipment is running almost constantly – and we’re home indoors more than other times of year (especially this year). That combination increases the chances of encountering a safety issue in our Upper Midwest home.

With that in mind, it’s a good idea to revisit some propane safety tips so your family can enjoy the cozy warmth of your home with peace of mind. Let’s do it!

  1. Learn and teach all adults in your home know how to shut the valve on your main propane storage tank in case of emergency. If you don’t know how, contact us.
  2. Make sure everyone in the house knows how to detect a propane leak (follow your nose…propane smells like rotten eggs) – and what to do if you think you have one.
  3. Learn how to prevent and deal with carbon monoxide issues:
    • Professionally service your propane heating equipment every year – this will help technicians spot a potential CO hazard early.
    • Install carbon monoxide detectors, following manufacturer’s instructions for placement and maintenance. Replace batteries at least once a year, and replace the unit as suggested by the manufacturer (usually every five or ten years, depending on the model). We also strongly recommend installing propane leak detectors to protect against the potential for propane odor loss during a leak.
    • Clear vents, chimneys, and flues quickly after a storm to make sure your home remains adequately ventilated.
    • Learn the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, and what to do if anyone in your home experiences them.
  4. If severe weather is forecast,
    • make sure you have enough propane gas to last at least a week in case of road closures; if you don’t, schedule a propane delivery as soon as possible.
    • flag your propane tank so that the fill valve is visible and accessible in high or drifting snow.
    • always follow the instructions of local authorities.
    • if your propane equipment has been damaged or is not working properly, contact us right away. Remember: if you shut down your gas for any reason, the law requires you to hire a licensed professional to restart you system.

For more winter propane safety tips, visit the Propane Education Research Council (PERC) website.

Stay safe this winter – contact Lakes Gas if you have any questions about propane safety, or if you need reliable residential propane deliveries in Minnesota or Wisconsin!