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Simple steps for propane tank safety during winter storms

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Fri, Jan 29th 2016 05:45 pm

By New York Propane Gas Association

The New York Propane Gas Association 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 your driveway is cleared to a width of 12 feet.

•Keep the path to your tank clear. Ensure there is a clear path to your tank for deliveries including your filler pipe if you use oil heat.

•Check the sidewall vented flue pipes at your residence 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 your propane supplier only when tank is 20 percent full. During and after a winter storm, roads may be inaccessible for delivery. It is recommended one establish a regular delivery schedule with a propane retailer. Most suppliers advise waiting until a tank is down to 20 percent full before scheduling the next delivery.

"Please help us to keep you warm and safe in your home," said Shane Sweet, executive director of the New York Propane Gas Association "With more snow predicted for later this week, our drivers can really use the help."

Propane users can find more safety tips online at www.nypropane.com.

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About the New York Propane Gas Association: NYPGA is a member-focused trade organization providing services that communicate, educate and promote the propane industry in New York. The association was formed in 1948 to offer opportunities for training and networking with peers, and to aid with legislative issues that contribute to operating a safe and successful industry.

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