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How to maintain your propane tanks in cold weather

While the snow may have moved out of the state, colder temperatures can cause just as many problems if you’re not properly prepared. In addition to ensuring that your pipes are properly insulated or keeping your faucets dripping when freezing conditions are present, be sure that your propane tanks are safely maintained.

Most importantly, if you become aware of a gas leak, immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cellphones. Get everyone away from the home or area where you suspect gas is leaking. If safe to do so, close or shut off the main gas supply valve by turning it to the right (clockwise).

Blossman Gas released the following safety tips as low temperatures continue to be a concern:

  • Schedule your tank and appliances for a maintenance check by your propane provider
  • Be sure there is an adequate supply of fuel in the tank. Federal regulations do not allow propane providers to fill your tank more than 80%. Your optimal tank level is between 25% and 80%. If your level is below 20%, please contact your service provider for a fill.
  • Keep the area around your propane tank and any vents, chimneys, flues free from ice and snow.
  • Be sure your propane generator is well-maintained, stored outdoors away from open windows and doors, and there is adequate supply of fuel in the tank; and be sure to use high-quality extension cords designed for outside use to connect your propane generator to your home.
  • NEVER store propane tank indoors.
  • Notify your propane provider immediately if you run out of propane as a qualified technician must check for leaks before turning the gas back on.

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