If you use propane for cooking or heating, cold weather and snow can impact the tanks. There are a few simple things you can do to help you keep your family, and your home, safe and warm.

According to the New York Propane Gas Association, there are some steps you can take to help make the winter easier and safer. Since you are already out shoveling or snow blowing your sidewalk and driveway, it's also a good idea to keep a clear path to your propane tanks, it will make deliveries and servicing a lot easier.

While we haven't had this much snow yet, marking where your tank is with a flag, pole, or stake will help you avoid plowing or shoveling snow on top of the tank. In addition, let any snow plow or construction contractors know exactly where the tanks are located, accidental contact of snow removal or construction equipment with tanks could cause a serious safety hazard.

Lastly, but certainly not least, always check your chimneys, flue pipes, vent connectors, and propane tank for any damage, blockage, or debris caused by snow or ice. Don't use a shovel, use a broom instead and clear these areas frequently. This will help reduce the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning.

For more tips and additional information, visit nypropane.com. Here's to a safe and warm winter.

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