Although it's felt like winter for a few weeks, the season didn't officially arrive until December 21st and from what we can tell, cold temperatures are pretty much here to stay for the next few months. If propane is what you use as your heat source at your home or office, there are a few steps that the New York Propane Gas Association suggests you take in order to keep everyone safe this winter.

  • 1

    Mark the Location of Your Tank

    A snow or ice covered propane tank can be really bad news, so you want to use something like a pole, a stake, or a flag to mark where your tank is. Keep in mind that the marker needs to be higher than the tank. This will help keep you from accidentally shoveling or snow-blowing onto your tank. Remember that if your tank gets covered with snow, you should use a broom to clean it off.

  • 2

    Keep a Clear Path

    Do everything you can to make sure that there's always a clear path to your tank.  Also, in the event that you need to have your tank filled, keep in mind that fuel delivery trucks are about twice the size of a car, so the path will need to be nice and wide.

  • 3

    Make Sure You Have Enough Fuel

    Check your tank and make sure you've got enough fuel because there might be circumstances that pop up where the delivery truck can't get to you right away if you run out. It's better to have an early delivery rather than waiting until the last second.

  • 4

    Have Your Tank Serviced

    You'll definitely want to have a qualified service technician inspect and service your propane system each year. By doing this, you can rest assured that your system is running efficiently and that you're not wasting money.

  • 5

    Don't Use Outdoor Propane Tank Inside

    Whatever you do, never use an outside tank inside your house. These outdoor tanks require special ventilation and could emit carbon monoxide fumes that could kill you and your family. Only use propane appliances inside if they're approved for indoor use.