Proper Care of Propane Tanks:
The following safety tips for proper care of propane tanks during severe winter weather have been developed with collaboration between Placer and Nevada Counties:
• Use a broom instead of a shovel when clearing snow off the tank or around
the exposed piping, regulator, gauges, or tubing. Don’t use a shovel or
anything with metal or hard plastic. Remove snow from the meter by hand.
Do not use a snow blower near the meter. Do not attempt to remove ice from
• When clearing the roof, avoid shoveling snow onto exposed piping, the
regulator or the tank, as well as any meters that may be in use.
• Do not pile snow and ice over meters, valves and piping.
• Check regulator vents on the system to be sure they are free of snow or ice,
or water that could freeze. (A two-stage system has a regulator on the tank
and where the piping enters the building; a single regulator system is located
only on the tank.) If a regulator vent is clogged with ice or snow,
immediately contact your supplier.
• Check all gas appliance exhaust and combustion air vents, such as dryer or
furnace vents, to ensure they are clear of snow and ice. For homes above 5,000 feet of elevation that have an issue with propane gas, contact either your propane supplier or you local fire jurisdiction. For natural gas questions, contact your supplier. If you smell a gas odor, take the following steps:
• Leave immediately! Do not return until given permission by utility or
• Do not use electric switches, phones or anything that can cause a spark.
Don’t turn lights on or off or use any other electrical switches, including
garage door openers.
• Don’t open any windows or doors other than the ones you pass through on
your way out.
• Go to a safe location and call 911.
• Alert your neighbors.
• Leave all repairs to trained professionals. Do not try to repair the leak
Before a snow storm occurs:
• In areas where heavy snows are expected, cover the regulator, relief valves,
and fill valves with a protective cap or “dome.” This dome will keep out