Guest Editorial by the New York Propane Gas Association
In preparation for the significant amount of snow that is expected over the next 48 hours, the New York Propane Gas Association issued the following notice for the hundreds of thousands of propane customers in New York state.
Propane users can take these steps now to help ensure they stay safe and warm during and after this week’s storm:
√ Check your tanks now if you are not on automatic delivery. It may take a few days for fuel to be delivered. During and after a winter storm, roads may be inaccessible for delivery.
√ Keep path to propane tanks clear as the storm progresses. Ensure there is always a clear path to your tank for deliveries, including the filler pipe. Mark the tank and fill location, and inform snow plow drivers or contractors of your propane tank location.
√ Clear snow and ice from around your propane tank, chimneys, flue pipes and vents. Use a broom rather than a shovel, and clear these areas frequently to reduce the possibility of carbon monoxide buildup which can be hazardous to your health. If pipes freeze and crack, gas can leak out and cause potential danger.
√ Check your propane tank, chimneys, flue pipes and vents for damage, blockage or debris, including snow or ice. Do not attempt repairs yourself. Call your propane dealer for assistance.
√ Use extreme caution when operating portable generators. Never use a portable generator (gasoline, diesel, or propane) indoors or in enclosed areas. Improper use of generators can result in carbon monoxide buildup which can be hazardous to your health.
Our goal is to ensure that everyone stays warm and safe. If you cannot reach your supplier by phone, check their website to determine if there are other ways to contact them.
The New York Propane Gas Association 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.