Spring-cleaning propane systems

Friday, April 30, 2010

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.