One of the key benefits of propane is that it doesn’t degrade or go bad like other fuels, making it safe and easy to store during the winter months. Still, here are some additional safety tips to keep your storage tanks and equipment safe in the cold, wind, and snow.

• Gather the unused propane cylinders bought for gas grills, mowers, or forklifts. Secure the cylinders in an outdoor storage cage or other protected storage area away from ignition sources.

• Mark your propane tank with a flag, pole, or stake higher than the average snow cover depth for your area. These markers will help you avoid plowing into or shoveling snow on top of your tank.

• Maintain winter access to your outdoor storage tank, keeping a path clear of snow and ice.

• Take advantage of automatic delivery options if available. This allows the propane retailer to efficiently plan a route and keep your tank adequately supplied.

• If you’re not part of an automatic delivery program, it’s recommended that you call for delivery when your tank is at 30 percent full. This will avoid running empty in times of heavy snowfall when roads may be inaccessible for delivery.

Information provided by the Propane Education & Research Council.