The cold temps and winter weather have set in. Be ready for whatever this season brings – below freezing temperatures, snow, ice, wind, or all the above. Here are a few reminders for the winter season. Stay warm and safe this winter.
Mark your tank.
Mark your tank with a brightly colored stake or flag taller than the maximum anticipated snow depth. This is important as it allows service and emergency personnel to locate it safely at all times.
Clear a path.
Make a clear path, one free of snow and ice, to your fuel tank and your driveway. This helps the delivery drivers get to your tank easily, fill quickly, and make it safer for everyone.
Clear your vents.
Clear snow and ice away from outdoor vents, chimneys, and flues to prevent blocking ventilation. Improper venting can cause carbon monoxide to become trapped in your home, causing serious illness or even death.
Be aware that as it gets colder, particularly during prolonged frigid weather, heating systems run longer and more frequently to keep the home comfortable. Therefore more fuel will be used in a shorter amount of time.
For safety and efficiency reasons, it is important to maintain an adequate supply of fuel in your tank. If you are a Will Call customer, check your tank regularly and fill up to maintain adequate supply.
Use energy wisely.
Be conservative with your energy by setting your thermostat to as low as is comfortable — possibly a few degrees cooler at night and when nobody is home. Close off any rooms that don’t need to be heated.
Never use a stove or bring your gas grill indoors for space heating, even during a power outage. Only use appliances indoors that are designed and approved for that purpose.