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Severe Weather Safety: Remember Your Fuel Tank

safety reminders for severe weather hudson valley

We’re just reaching the halfway point of winter 2019-2020, and so far it has been a relatively mild one here in the Hudson Valley. But as we all know, that can change pretty quickly around here.

With that in mind, it pays to prepare for severe winter weather.

Follow these five steps to prepare your fuel tank for severe weather:

  1. Keep an eye on your fuel gauge – If you know a storm is coming, call us for a heating oil delivery in the Hudson Valley as soon as possible, especially if your tank is less than 30 percent full. Read your heating oil tank gauge carefully and often, making sure you have enough fuel to last at least a week in case road conditions make heating oil deliveries difficult.
  2. Program your thermostat to save fuel – Fuel deliveries might be delayed in severe weather conditions, so stretch out your fuel supply if you start to run low. One of the best ways to do that is to use your programmable thermostat, dropping temperatures as low as possible while keeping your home comfortable for your family. Be careful not to set temperatures too low during frigid weather, however, as you want to avoid a costly frozen pipe problem.
  3. Clear a path to your heating oil fill pipe – Keep at least an 18-inch path to your heating oil fill pipe, and clear your driveway if that’s where our trucks need to be to deliver your heating oil. While you’re out there, clear your outdoor exhaust vents of snow and debris to prevent a potential build-up of dangerous carbon monoxide in your home.
  4. Never use outdoor appliances to heat your home – Never use your gas grill, portable generator, or any other outdoor heating appliances indoors; using them without proper ventilation could cause a deadly buildup of carbon monoxide in your home.

Be prepared for any winter weather with reliable heating oil deliveries (at great prices) from the pros at Economy Oil. Contact us today to become an Economy Oil customer, or to schedule your next heating oil delivery!