Spring-cleaning and propane safety

Friday, March 27, 2009

Flowers are beginning to bloom and the grass is starting to turn green. Spring is in the air, the robins are back and, for most homeowners, that means it's time for spring-cleaning.

Industry leaders in propane safety and service, remind homeowners that there are a number of things that should be done in the spring to maintain their propane system and propane-powered appliances.

They offer the following tips and services to help homeowners with their spring-cleaning efforts:

*Remove any combustible materials, such as long, dry grass, shrubbery, wood, or debris, that are within 10 feet of your propane tank or cylinder(s).

*If you have appliances that have not been used since last fall, such as a gas-fired pool heater or gas grill, have them inspected by a qualified service technician before using.

*Do not store propane cylinders or tanks inside of buildings.

*Before you start to dig to plant your spring flowers, new trees, or for any other reason, call to have your utility lines marked.

*Contact your local Ferrellgas office to request a copy of the Propane Safety brochure or download a copy at www.ferrellgas.com/CustomerCenter/Safety.asp. The Propane Safety brochure provides many proven tips as well as a scratch and sniff dot designed to familiarize homeowners with the scent added to propane.