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NATIONAL PROPANE GAS ASSOCIATION OFFERS SAFETY TIPS

 LISLE, Ill., March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- With the eastern United States digging out from the worst snowstorm of the century, the National Propane Gas Association issued the following safety tips for the proper care of propane equipment before and after severe snowstorms:
 -- If a propane tank is buried under several feet of snow, special attention is advised for removing the accumulation. Use a broom instead of a shovel when clearing the snow off the tank and all other equipment relating to the propane system.
 -- When clearing the roof, avoid shoveling the snow onto the exposed piping around the propane equipment near the building or onto the piping on the propane tank itself.
 -- Check the regulator vents on the propane system to be sure they are free of condensation that could freeze up, causing a malfunction. (If the propane tank is located away from the house, there will be a regulator at the tank and a second regulator where the piping comes into the building. If the tank is next to the house, a single regulator will be located at the tank.) If a regulator vent is clogged with ice or snow, contact your propane supplier immediately.
 -- Check all gas appliance intake and exhaust vents, such as clothes dryer, furnace, and water heater vents, to be sure they are kept clear of snow or ice. An area of four feet should be kept clear around and in front of the vents to prevent funneling of high winds into the vents.
 -- To ensure that your propane dealer can refill your tank when necessary, keep the tank free of snow and provide a clear pathway for the delivery person. Be sure that driveways are kept accessible for the propane delivery vehicles.
 A number of important precautions can also be taken prior to the onset of winter to be sure that your propane system will operate safely throughout the worst weather conditions:
 -- In areas where heavy snows are expected, a protective cap or "dome" is recommended to cover the regulator, relief valves, and fill valves on tanks. This dome will keep out snow, ice, or rain which might clog the regulator if it freezes. In systems using more than one regulator, or where the protective cover is not in place, make certain the exposed regulator's vent is in the downward position to keep out moisture.
 -- Prior to expected heavy snowstorms, be sure the location of the propane tank and other equipment is marked by snow stakes which should extend well above the maximum anticipated snow depth. The industry also urges consumers whose tanks are not presently marked, to do so now if at all possible for ease in locating them.
 Propane gas has been in use since 1912 and has an enviable and proven safety record. Sixty million people depend on this clean burning fuel to heat their homes and water, fuel their barbecue grills, and cook their meals.
 If you have further concerns or questions about your gas tank and heavy snow conditions, contact your local propane supplier.
 -0- 3/15/93
 /CONTACT: Evelyn Caprel or Shirley Barnes of National Propane Gas Association, 708-352-4004/


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