Flowers are beginning to bloom and the grass is starting to turn green. Spring is in the air 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 systems and propane-powered appliances, such as the BBQ grill.
They offer the following tips and services to help homeowners with their spring-cleaning efforts:
*Remove any combustible materials, such as long, dry grass, 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, or leave in the trunk or back of your vehicle for any extended period of time.
*Before you start to dig to plant your spring flowers, new trees, or for any other reason, call to have your utility lines marked. A toll-free call to 811 brings all utility and municipal service workers to the site to properly identify and flag their lines.
*Contact your local propane provider office to request a copy of a Propane Safety brochure. 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.
Propane gas is under constant pressure and must be treated at all times with total respect.