Tips to stay safe

Winter preparedness

Canadian winters can be long and harsh, with bitterly cold temperatures, especially when a storm sweeps through a region. Propane consumers should be ready for whatever the season has in store and never underestimate the weather to stay safe and even save money.

Before the Winter

  • Fill Your Tank Early – Since energy demand typically rises in the winter, fill your tank early to ensure that you are ready to go before the cold weather hits.
  • Make sure you have an adequate propane supply – Ask your propane provider about payment programs and scheduling regular visits, so there’s always enough propane in your tank. This will help you avoid running empty if inaccessible roads delay deliveries.
  • Consider purchasing a propane generator – When other power sources fail, a propane generator can keep your house operating without interruption.
  • Confirm your heating system and appliances are running efficiently – Before the start of each heating season, have a qualified service technician inspect and service your appliances and propane system. When your appliances are running as efficiently as possible, you conserve fuel and save money.
  • Replace furnace filters – Proper airflow improves a furnace’s efficiency and lifespan.
  • Reduce drafts – Install caulking and weather-stripping around windows, doors and other openings such as ducts, fans and vents.

During the Winter

  • Ensure that your driveway and access to your tanks are cleared.
  • Turn down the thermostat – Manually, or using a programmable thermostat, reduce the temperature a few degrees while you are at home and lower when you are sleeping or away.
  • Reduce hot water consumption – Lower the temperature setting on your water heater.
  • Consider using cold water for laundry.
  • Keep curtains and blinds open to receive sunlight during the day and close them at night.
  • Reduce the use of fireplaces – If they are only used for secondary heat or atmosphere.
  • Hang clothes on a rack to dry rather than using your clothes dryer.
  • Consider installing CSA-approved propane gas detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for additional security. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation, location, and maintenance.

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There are a few things to consider to keep your family and your home as safe as possible, whether you are experiencing an icy storm, a devastating flood, a rare tornado or a fierce wildfire. The key is to be prepared.

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