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Tips for Safe Propane Tanks During the Winter Months

Last updated 5 years ago

Winter weather has special implications for your residential propane tank. With the help of your propane company, you can ensure that your propane cylinders and main tank will provide fuel for your propane appliances and stay safe throughout the winter.

Overfill Avoidance

Homeowners should understand the dangers of overfilling residential tanks and propane canisters beyond capacity during the winter. Lower temperatures mean lower indicated pressures in your propane tanks. As the liquefied propane condenses, the pressure inside a propane canister decreases. This will cause the gauge to indicate a lower amount of propane in the tank than what is actually present. An excellent way to avoid overfilling your tanks is to only use qualified propane delivery services. These services use trucks that fill residential propane tanks using special gauges called overfill prevention devices, or OPDs. These devices read the pressure inside the tank regardless of what is indicated by the gauge and prevent dangerous high pressures. Propane services can also provide refilling for small propane canisters using the same technology.

Refill Scheduling

Great propane services will thoroughly inspect a tank when they refill it. Scheduling your refills can be simplified with monitoring programs that can help you anticipate when a refill will be necessary so you don’t run out of propane or run a propane tank dry during the winter. By tracking your historic propane use, your propane company can automatically schedule refills to ensure that you never run out.

Kamps Propane uses the SMART system, which remotely monitors tank fuel levels, simplifying refills and keeping your tank even safer during the winter months. Call us at (209) 456 585 it would like to learn more about propane safety during the winter, or visit us online for more information.


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