The New York Propane Gas Association is reminding propane users that heavy ice and snow buildup can affect your tank and could lead to dangerous situations.

The NYPGA says propane users should take these steps now to help ensure they stay safe and warm during and after this weekend’s storm:

  1. Check your tanks now if you are not on automatic delivery. It may take a few days for fuel to be delivered. During and after a winter storm, roads may be inaccessible for delivery.
  2. Keep path to propane tanks clear as the storm progresses. Ensure that there is always a clear path to your tank for deliveries, including the filler pipe. Mark the tank and fill location, and inform snow plow drivers or contractors of your propane tank location.
  3. Clear snow and ice from around your propane tank, chimneys, flue pipes and vents. Use a broom rather than a shovel, and clear these areas frequently to reduce the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning. If pipes freeze and crack, gas can leak out and cause potential danger.
  4. Check your propane tank, chimneys, flue pipes and vents for damage, blockage, or debris, including snow or ice. Do not attempt repairs yourself. Call your propane dealer for assistance.
  5. Use extreme caution when operating portable generators. Never use a portable generator (gasoline, diesel, or propane) indoors or in enclosed areas. Improper use of generators can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or death.

They also say if you cannot reach your supplier by phone, check their website to determine if there are other ways to contact them.

Make Hank Hill proud by taking proper care of your propane tanks during Winter Storm Harper.

Keep Up-To-Date

Get up to information on power outages throughout Central New York; where it’s out and when it’ll be restored with National Grid’s Power Outage Map.

National Grid also offers text alerts on the latest efforts to restore power.

To receive free text message alerts and updates, text the word STORM to NGRID (64743). E-mail alerts are available to customers who create an online profile on the company’s website. All alert services can be started and stopped at the customer’s request.

You can even report power outages or get the latest information at National Grid’s website.

Power Outage Preparation:

*Keep your cell phone charged and make sure you know where your backup power supply is.

*Make sure all your flashlights have fresh batteries.

*Fill your gas tank. You can use your car to keep warm and recharge devices.

*Have some food available that you don’t need to cook.

* Download the Big Frog 104 App. You’ll receive local alerts, weather reports and more with push notification.

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