Propane is your most reliable way to stay warm during inclement winter weather. But, even propane requires extra precautions when Old Man Winter strikes.
AT CMP Energy, we take safety seriously! These tips can help you stay safe and warm all winter long.
Make sure your heating system and appliances are running efficiently. Be safe and save money—have a qualified service technician inspect and service your appliances and propane system.
Maintain an adequate supply of propane in your tank. If you’re not on our Automatic Delivery plan, call CMP Energy when your propane tank is at 30%. A severe storm can hinder additional propane deliveries.
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Posted by Propane Education & Research Council on Friday, January 5, 2018
Stay in touch with CMP Energy. Doing so gives you enough time to arrange a refill long before you run out of propane.
Tell CMP right away if you run out of propane. A qualified service technician must check your system for leaks before turning the gas back on. (Remember, if you’re on our Automatic Delivery plan, we’ll monitor your tank for you so you’ll never have to worry about running out!)
Keep the path to your propane tank clear. A clear path helps drivers get to your tank easily, fill it quickly, and move on to our next valued customer. Designate an area to pile any accumulation of snow safely away from any propane equipment.
Clear snow and ice from around your propane tank. This includes regulators, regulator vents, piping, tubing, and valves. Use a broom instead of a shovel to prevent damage to your propane system components.
- Snow or ice accumulation can potentially cause parts of your propane system to crack or break, resulting in a gas leak. It is your responsibility to make sure that all propane pipes, valves, regulators, and tanks are clear of snow and ice. Gently brush away snow or ice that has accumulated around the tank, meter, regulator, and any other piping with a broom.
- In high snowfall areas, drifting snow and/or snow and ice sliding off the roof may require additional regulator and vent protection. Consider installing snow protection or a “snow shelter” above your meter or regulator to prevent snow and ice damage.
- If it is safe to do so, clear snow and ice away from outdoor vents, chimneys, and flues to prevent blocking any ventilation.
- Frequently check where snow or ice collect on your roof, structure, or nearby trees and clear it if you believe it might fall on any part of your propane system. Never shovel snow off roofs and onto propane equipment. Heavy accumulations of snow or ice falling on tanks, regulators, meters, piping, or valves may cause damage that could result in a gas leak.
Mark your tank with a brightly colored stake or flag taller than the maximum anticipated snow depth. Also, mark your secondary pressure regulator or meter. It is usually near the side of your home. It is important to mark your tank and equipment to enable emergency and propane service personnel to locate it at all times.
Never use a stove or bring your gas grill indoors for space heating, even during a power outage. Without proper ventilation, deadly carbon monoxide (CO) fumes produced can build up.
Operate portable generators with caution. Never use a portable generator (gasoline, diesel, or propane) indoors or in enclosed areas. Doing so can result in carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning or death.