A Spring-Cleaning Checklist for Propane Homeowners
March 22, 2023
Written By Adam Buckallew
Spring has arrived, and, for many homeowners, the transition is a reminder to tackle seasonal cleaning projects. MFA Oil Company is sharing three quick, but important things homeowners can do to help keep their propane system and their families safe.
“The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority,” says Tom Procter, MFA Oil director of safety and maintenance. “Spring is a perfect opportunity for homeowners to take a few simple steps to ensure their propane tank is safe from potential hazards and remains easily accessible for their delivery driver.”
MFA Oil encourages propane homeowners to add the following items to their spring-cleaning checklist:
1. Remove combustibles around the tank.
Keep a 10-foot area surrounding your propane tank free of brush, weeds, long grass and other combustibles. Clearing the area around your tank prevents the risk of a fire flaring up and makes it easier for your driver to fill the tank.
2. Keep the path clear.
Trim any branches hanging over or blocking your tank, remove any clutter or hazards (including wasp or bird’s nests) that might make your tank hard to access, and ensure the path to your tank remains clear. Maintaining a clear path to the tank helps your driver avoid unnecessary cuts and scrapes and allows for more efficient deliveries.
3. Test your detectors.
Detectors are available for a variety of risks such as gas leaks, smoke/fire and carbon monoxide. These early warning devices may be some of the most important items you have in your home when it comes to safeguarding your family. It’s necessary to test them periodically to ensure they are functioning properly. The National Fire Protection Association recommends replacing batteries every 6 months.
Adding these propane safety items to the spring-cleaning checklist can provide propane homeowners with peace of mind and allow you to better enjoy the warmer weather that will soon be here.