The Propane Gas Association of New England is asking consumers to take simple steps to aid in keeping propane tanks filled and keep families safe during and after winter storms:
- Fuel delivery trucks are twice as wide as cars so make sure that your driveway is cleared to a width of 12 feet.
- Keep path to tank clear. Ensure that there is a clear path to your tank for deliveries including your filler pipe if you use oil heat.
- Check your sidewall vented flue pipes for damage or blockage caused by drifting snow. Use a broom rather than a shovel, and clear these areas frequently. This will help reduce the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning due to blocked or damaged chimneys, flues, and vents.
- Contact propane supplier only when tank is 20% full. During and after a winter storm, roads may be inaccessible for delivery. It is recommended that you establish a regular delivery schedule with your propane retailer. Most suppliers advise waiting until your tank is down to 20% full before scheduling your next delivery.