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Propane Safety


Be prepared for winter storms

  • Consider marking your propane tank with a flag or pole. Whether you have an underground or above-ground tank, placing a visible marker that’s higher than the snow depth will increase the odds of it being seen by someone such as a snow plow operator.
  • An adequate supply of propane in your tank. Having your account set up on automatic delivery will ensure you have the fuel you need when you need it. Not on automatic delivery? Please give us a call to discuss.
  • Know how and where to shut off the outdoor propane supply and indoor propane appliances. For more information, call your local Dead River Company office.
  • Propane generator readiness. In the event of a power outage, you’ll want to make sure you have a sufficient supply of propane for your propane powered generator.

During a power outage

  • Never use a portable generator or outdoor propane appliances indoors or in an enclosed area. This includes a basement, garage, shed or tent. This can result in carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  • Never use a gas oven or range-top burners to provide space heating.

More tips

  • It is recommended that you install a CO detector listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on installation, location and maintenance.
  • Make sure you and your family know what propane smells like. Propane has a strong, unpleasant smell like rotten eggs or a skunk’s spray. For more information, call your local Dead River Company office to receive a scratch-and-sniff card simulating the smell of propane.



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