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Winter Heating Safety

There is something about the winter months and curling up with a good book by the fireplace that seems so perfect. But did you know that heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? With a few simple safety tips and precautions, you can prevent most heating fires from happening.

Click here for more informtation on Winter Storm preparedness and here for more information on using a space heater safely.

Tips for vacation homes or rental properties

A vacation or second home in a high snowfall area requires special attention because you may not be at the home to clear snow and ice after a winter storm.

  • For your safety and others, designate a responsible person or party, such as your property management company or a snow removal service, to monitor your propane system regularly while you are away.
  • Show the location of all tanks, pipes, regulators, and other parts of your propane system, and give instructions on the importance of keeping these areas clear of snow and ice.
  • Give instructions to regularly and carefully clear snow and ice accumulations away from all propane equipment, including tanks and secondary pressure regulators.
  • When you return to your home, carefully examine the propane system for evidence of damage from snow and ice. Be attentive to any propane odor, both inside and outside the home. If you smell gas, please see our safety page.

 

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