Prevent snow-related gas leaks

The Sierra received remarkable snowfall in a short period of time, leading to a spike in propane-related calls to local fire agencies and homeowners can take steps to prevent snow-related gas leaks.

Propane tanks/cylinders, gas lines and regulators and appliance vents need to be maintained throughout the winter.

  • Keep them clear of snow and ice buildup.
  • Take caution when clearing snow from roofs and protect propane tanks or cylinders, propane lines, regulators and vents from falling snow.
  • When plowing, snow blowing or shoveling, do not push or pile snow around a tank, meter, regulator or piping.
  • Use caution when removing snow from the tanks and cylinders, gas piping and regulators; don’t use sharp tools or force. Carefully clear heavy snow until the tank and equipment are visible. Complete final clearing with soft tools such as brooms or brushes to prevent damage to equipment and components.
  • Tanks should not be allowed to run dry; doing so may require an inspection of all gas appliances before the tank can be refilled. Be sure to place refill orders before the tank reaches 30 to 40 percent and keep tanks clear of snow with a path accessible to gas suppliers.
  • Propane smells like rotten eggs and propane leaking into snow may release more of a musty odor.
  • Anytime there is an odor of propane or natural gas, call 911 immediately.