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5 Tips for New Propane Users

5 Tips for New Propane Users Alto MI

Does your new home have a large propane tank in the backyard? If this is your first time using propane for your home, there’s no reason to worry. Using propane to power your home is similar to depending on a utility company for natural gas or electricity. If you have any questions or concers, don't hesitate to contact us!

Instead of getting a direct supply from the utility company, a representative from your propane supplier will visit your home periodically to inspect your system and make sure you have enough fuel. Continue reading to learn about our 5 tips for new propane users.

Propane Tips

1.) Contact Your Propane Supplier

Aren’t sure who services your propane gas tank? Most propane companies will put stickers on the tanks they service with their name and phone number. If you can’t find a sticker on the propane tank, open the dome and peek inside for a tag or sticker. If you’re renting and aren’t sure who services your propane tank, contact your landlord for this information.

2.) Know What Propane Smells Like

For your safety, most propane dealers put an unpleasant odor in propane so you’re able to detect a leak as soon as possible. When you receive your first propane delivery, ask your representative if you can smell the propane. That way, you’ll be able to recognize the smell and act quickly in the event of a gas leak.

3.) Prepare for Winter

Are you ready for winter? Once we get enough snow on the ground, it’ll be important to shovel a path to your propane tank so technicians have easy access. Since propane tanks are white, it may also be a good idea to tie a flag to the top of your tank so it can be easily seen against a snowy backdrop. Check out our blog post on winter tips for propane tank safety.

4.) Exercise Propane Safety

The best way to prevent propane leaks is to make sure your tank gets regular maintenance. Our service technicians always check the condition of your propane tank while making deliveries so issues are caught early.

Do you know what to do in the event your propane tank leaks? If you smell propane, you’ll need to extinguish all open flames in your home, which include the stove, oven, and ignition source for your propane furnace.

If the smell of propane gets stronger, you’ll need to cover the tank with a wet cloth and evacuate your home immediately. Call 911 so the professionals can stop the gas leak. Once the leak is stopped, call your propane supplier as soon as possible.

5.) Keep Track of Propane Levels

The easiest way to monitor how much propane you have left in your tank is to get a gauge. A propane supplier will be able to install a gauge on the side of your propane gas tank so you know exactly how much fuel you have left to heat your home. To learn more, be sure to check out our blog post on when to schedule a propane tank refill.

Still have questions about your propane gas tank? Check out the Altogas blog to learn all the latest information about propane gas. Our propane dealers believe that informed customers make the best customers. Also, don’t hesitate to call our propane supplier with any concerns.

Altogas is a propane supplier in Michigan with several locations. To schedule your next propane tank refill, call any of our locations in Alto, Benton Harbor, Charlotte, Edmore, and Zeeland. We look forward to hearing from you!

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