Winter Storms & Propane Use

Safety advice for the season

winter propane safety new yorkWinter is upon us in the Hudson Valley. Whether it will be mild or one for the record books, no one yet knows. Whatever winter has in store, Bottini Fuel will have you covered. You can count on us for your propane delivery—no matter what.

At Bottini Fuel, in addition to offering affordable prices and quality service, your family’s safety and comfort are our top priority. Now is a good time for you to think about how you’ll safely handle the next winter storm as a propane customer.

Safety tips for winter propane use

When the weather outside is frightful, you and your family can still be safe and cozy in your Hudson Valley home if you remember the following 7 tips:

  1. Mark the location of your propane tank with a brightly colored flag or pole that’s tall enough to remain visible even after a significant snowfall—accounting for snowdrifts.
  2. Always maintain a clear and safe pathway to your tank so that delivery and repair crews have easy access. When it’s time to remove snow or ice from your tank, use a broom instead of a shovel. A shovel could puncture your tank.
  3. Keep snowplow operators aware of your tank’s location to avoid a potentially serious safety hazard. When there are large accumulations and/or decreased visibility, don’t assume they’ll be able to see that your tank is in their pathway.
  4. Make sure that you have enough propane at the ready to ride out any storm. It’s best to assume there will be days when roads are closed and deliveries aren’t possible. You don’t want to have a run-out then! In fact, if you haven’t already, now is a good time to sign up for automatic propane delivery with Bottini Fuel so you don’t have to worry about your levels at all.
  5. Don’t put off fixing any of your equipment that isn’t functioning optimally. Poorly functioning equipment runs a higher risk of having a carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide can be very dangerous and carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal.
  6. If you shut down your gas for any reason, you are legally obligated to hire a licensed professional to pressure test and restart your system.
  7. Given how increasingly common severe weather events are becoming, you may want to consider installing a whole house generator. This is a great way to keep your family safe and comfortable even when your neighborhood goes dark. A whole house propane generator will keep your household up and running no matter what’s going on with the weather outside. And Bottini Fuel will make sure you always have enough propane to keep your generator running.

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With locations serving New York’s Hudson Valley as well as parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Bottini Fuel is here for you. Contact us today to learn more.