Winter Tips for Propane Tank Safety

Winter TIps For Propane Tank Safety Benton Harbor Michigan Propane

Is your home heated with propane? If so, you’ll want to read our propane safety tips for the winter months ahead. As a propane gas supplier, we’ll be able to advise you on how to avoid common mistakes that can lead to propane tank leaks.

Attach Flag to Top of Propane Tank

It can be hard for the delivery truck to spot your propane tank when it’s covered in snow. This is why we recommend you attach a brightly-colored flag to the top of your propane tank. When your aboveground propane tank is clearly marked, you significantly reduce the risk of the delivery truck accidently hitting your tank and causing a leak. Since many propane tank designs are white, it can be hard to spot a propane tank buried under several inches (or feet) of snow.

Shovel a Path to Propane Tank

The snow and ice can make it difficult for technicians to access your residential propane tank, which is why you’ll need to shovel a path. Shoving a path will also make it easier for you to monitor how much propane you have left in the tank. Once you reach the actual propane tank, you’ll want to trade your shovel for a broom. Using a shovel could potentially puncture your propane gas tank and cause a leak.

Use a Broom to Clear Snow around Tank

Propane gas companies depend on being able to access propane gas tanks for maintenance and refills. Use a broom to clear snow that accumulates around your propane tank. If you use a shovel, you run the risk of puncturing the tank and causing a leak. Your residential propane tank should also be inspected regularly for leaks by a reputable propane tank supplier. Clearing the snow from your tank will make your next inspection or propane refill that much easier.

Check for Propane Tank Leaks

You can check for leaks yourself by pouring soapy water where the propane tank’s cylinder valve and regulator outlet connect. Next, you’ll need to slowly open the cylinder valve and watch for bubbles. If bubbles emerge, close the valve and repeat the test to ensure that there really is a propane gas leak. If you detect a leak, it’s important that you call your propane tank company as soon as possible for repairs.

Monitor Propane Levels

More and more Americans depend on propane gas to heat their homes. If your home is heated by a propane furnace you’ll need to make sure you have enough propane to get you through the next blizzard. You’ll need to schedule a propane tank refill if you notice levels dropping below a quarter of a tank. Keep in mind that your next propane delivery may be delayed due to adverse weather conditions and bad roads.

Altogas is a Michigan propane gas company dedicated to supplying customers with enough residential propane to keep their homes toasty warm through the winter. If you are interested in our propane tanks for sale, call any of our propane dealers in Alto, Benton Harbor, Charlotte, Edmore, and Zeeland.

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