Updates from PGANE

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Safety Check is Critical to Keep Safe and Warm This Winter

Epsom, NH (November 14, 2012) - Joe Rose, President of the Propane Gas Association of New England, recommends consumers call their propane company now for a gas appliance system check and tune-up to minimize consumption this coming winter. 

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Northeast Propane Industry Aids in Emergency Response

Epsom, NH (October 31, 2012) - After a long weekend of filling customer tanks for backup generators and grill tanks, the propane industry in the Northeast continued serving their customers during the height of Hurricane Sandy using cell phones, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media, delivering propane right up until ordered off the roads.

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Simple Steps to Keep Your Home Safe and Warm This Winter

Epsom, NH (September 18, 2012) - We may not be sure about exactly what kind of weather to expect, but that doesn't mean we can't be prepared for winter.  If your home or business uses propane to generate heat or run appliances, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep your family safe and warm while ensuring that your home is buttoned up to save you money on energy.

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Propane Industry Emphasizes Consumer Safety

Epsom, NH (September 1, 2012) With three serious incidents over the past several weeks, the propane industry would like to emphasize that consumers should NEVER tamper with their propane tanks or lines to the appliances in their home.  Licensed propane service technicians have the training to install, inspect, service, maintain, and repair your propane system and appliances.

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Propane Safety During Winter Storms

Epsom, NH (January 13, 2012) – With winter finally here, New Englanders need to be prepared for heavy snowfalls, frigid temperatures, and the potential loss of power.

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Safeguard Your Home and Family against Power Outages: Important Tips for Using Generators Safely

Epsom, NH (November 1, 2011) – As many homeowners across the Northeast have lost power and relied on generators for the past several days, it is critical that residents understand how to use the right equipment and use it properly. This could mean the difference between life and death.

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Propane Industry Racing to Secure Tanks

Epsom, NH (August 29, 2011) – The Propane Gas Association of New England is working closely with State Fire Marshals, State Police, and propane suppliers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont to locate and secure any propane tanks that have been dislodged from service lines and are floating in flood waters. The primary concern is ensuring public safety, as tanks may have valves open and may be leaking.

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Safety Recommendations for New England Propane Users during Hurricane Season

Epsom, NH (August 25, 2011) – According to forecasters, Hurricane Irene could threaten the densely populated Northeast coast starting this weekend. Being properly prepared for potential storm or flood disasters can help protect your family and property in the face of severe weather emergencies. State and local weather alerts can offer time to make essential preparations before potentially-damaging storms hit.

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Tornadoes, Power Outages and Propane Safety: Steps to keep you and your family safe

Epsom, NH (June 2, 2011) – Tornadoes can occur during any season of the year, and New England has recently experienced the devastation that tornadoes can cause. 

“In some cases, they can occur with little or no warning, bringing with them winds that can exceed 250 miles per hour,” said Joe Rose, president of the Propane Gas Association of New England. “And power outages can range from being a simple inconvenience to, in some cases, a life threatening situation.”

If your home or business uses propane to generate heat or run appliances, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep your family safe and avoid potential dangers.

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Winter Storm Safety: Propane Safety During Winter Storms
Steps to keep you and your family safe

Epsom, NH – January 31, 2010 With yet another winter storm on its way, New Englanders need to be prepared for heavy snowfalls and frigid temperatures.

“Clearing a pathway to propane tanks helps ensure that deliveries can be made without interruption,” says Joe Rose, president of the Propane Gas Association of New England (PGANE). “But special care should be taken when working around propane tanks and propane gas lines to avoid damage that could result in a leak.”

PGANE reminds everyone, even the most seasoned propane users, to review propane hazards and safety tips regularly.

When handled properly, propane is a safe, clean, versatile and highly efficient fuel that can be used for many consumer products. If your home or business uses propane to generate heat or run appliances, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep your family safe and avoid potential dangers:


Be Prepared:

  • Assist your delivery person. If at all possible, please clear a path to your tank. Pulling the delivery hose is strenuous work. A path will assist your delivery person in getting the work done.
  • Alert Snow Plow Contractors. Make sure the company hired to perform snow removal be advised of the presence and location of both above ground and underground tanks. Accidental contact of snow removal equipment with tanks could cause a serious safety hazard
  • Make sure your heating system and appliances are running efficiently. Have a qualified service technician inspect and service your appliances and propane system annually. This will ensure that your appliances are running as efficiently as possible, conserving fuel and saving dollars.
  • Make sure you have an adequate propane supply. During and after a winter storm, roads may be inaccessible for delivery. It is recommended that you establish an automatic refill delivery schedule with your propane retailer.
  • Mark the location of your tank with a flag, pole, or stake. The marker should be higher than the average snow cover depth for your location. It will help you avoid plowing or shoveling rooftop snow on top of your tank. Should your tank become covered with snow, use a broom to clear it.


Recovery:

  • After a winter storm passes and it is safe to do so, check the entire area for downed power lines, damaged gas lines, or damage to your propane tank. Immediately call your local utility company or propane retailer if any of these hazards exist. Do not attempt repairs yourself.
  • 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.
  • Never use a stove for space heating and never use outdoor propane appliances indoors or in enclosed areas, particularly in the event of a power outage. Proper ventilation is necessary for their safe operation; and carbon monoxide fumes emitted can be lethal. Only use appliances indoors that are designed and approved for indoor use. Never store, place, or use a propane cylinder indoors or in enclosed areas.
  • 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.
  • Exercise sound judgment. Stay calm; use radios, television, and telephones to stay informed and connected. Remember, winter storms can last several days and roads may be inaccessible for fuel delivery.
  • Take immediate action if you smell gas inside or outside of your home or business. Follow these simple instructions:
  1. No flames or sparks! Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate or turn on or off lights, appliances, telephones or cell phones.
  2. Leave the area immediately! Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
  3. Shut off the gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank, if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
  4. Report the leak. From a neighbor’s home or other building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away. If you can’t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.
  5. Do not return to the building or area until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.
  6. Get your system checked. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.

Propane users can find more safety tips online www.pgane.org and www.propanesafety.com.