Editorial by the New York Propane Gas Association
During the extremely cold winter weather expected this weekend, homes and business that use propane to generate heat or run appliances should make sure to take the following steps to keep everyone safe and warm:
•Check your chimneys, flue pipes, vent connectors, and propane tank for damage, blockage or debris caused by snow and ice. 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.
•Use extreme caution when operating portable generators. Never use a portable generator (gasoline, diesel or propane) indoors or in enclosed areas. This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or death.
•Never use a stove for space heating and never use outdoor propane appliances indoors or in enclosed areas. Proper ventilation is necessary for their safe operation; and carbon monoxide fumes emitted can be lethal. Only use appliances indoor that are designed and approved for indoor use.
If you smell gas inside or outside of your home or business, follow these instructions:
The New York Propane Gas Association also offers an interactive online safety module for winter preparedness at www.propanesafety.com/winterstorm-preparedness.
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.