Fire Chief Offers Gas Tank Safety Tips

by | Feb 19, 2014

Over the last few days, the Auburn Fire Rescue Department has responded to several gas related emergencies.  Snow can be dangerous for your propane or natural gas tank if you don’t follow a few simple safety precautions:

  • Mark your tank with a brightly colored flag or other marker that can be seen even after heavy snowfalls. If unmarked, your tank could be hit by a plow, car, or snow shovel, causing damage and leaks.
  • Clear any snow from the tank. That can also help prevent accidents by making your tank more visible. Be sure to use a broom or other soft tool. Using a shovel could puncture your tank, causing a leak or an explosion.
  • Clear a path to your tank. After snowfall, it may be second nature to shovel your driveway, but don’t forget about the tank in your yard. Clearing a path makes it easier for a gas employee to deliver or make a repair without wading through waist-deep snow. You won’t miss a delivery because your tank was unreachable.
  • Check your gas levels, especially before a snowstorm. If your levels are at about a quarter of a tank or lower, contact your provider immediately for a delivery to ensure you have enough gas to get you through the storm.
  • If you smell gas, contact your provider and call 911 immediately so the area can be metered and any problems can be mitigated.

Follow these simple steps and you and your family stay safe and warm, no matter how much it snows.