Propane in Cold Weather

Keep Your Family Safe and Warm This Winter

Video courtesy of the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC).

Boy In Snow

Prepare Your Propane Tank Before the Winter Storm

Before any significant winter storm, it’s important to make sure you prepare your propane tank for continuous operation in the cold weather.

  • Make sure you and your family know what propane smells like (tip: rotten eggs!)
  • Test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
  • Check your propane tank level. The team at JaySan Gas works hard to predict when you’ll need fuel based on the weather, but sometimes the weather can be unpredictable (ask about monitored delivery for even more accurate fuel projections!). If your fuel level is low, call JaySan Gas to determine when you’ll need your next fill.
  • If you have an underground tank, mark out your tank cover with yard stakes to make your tank more visible to your delivery driver.

Using Propane in Cold Weather

Using propane in cold weather is the ideal way to keep your home warm. Keep your propane system clear of snow and ice. Propane itself won’t freeze up during a storm, but ice and snow can cause problems with the pipes and regulators. Using a broom instead of a shovel reduces the risk of damaging equipment.

Never use outdoor propane heaters or the stovetop as an indoor heat source. These appliances can be dangerous if not used with proper ventilation.

Brother and Sister in Snow

After the Storm

Always use caution when exploring your property after a winter storm.

  • Survey the area carefully for downed trees or power lines. Contact your local power company if you have any concerns.
  • Inspect your propane appliances, piping, and regulators. Ice and water damage could impact the functionality of your equipment.
  • Contact JaySan if you made significant changes to your propane use during the storm.