December 26, 2017, Lebanon, NH: Over the last 2 weeks the Lebanon Fire Department has responded to several calls involving underground propane tanks being struck by snow plows. In each of these incidents the tank valving was damaged causing a dangerous release of flammable gas. The Fire Department would like to remind property owners to clearly mark the location of your propane storage tanks and for snow removal companies to use extreme caution when plowing around propane tanks.
Other Safety Tips:
- Fire Hydrants – Also, as snow begins to pile up we encourage property owners to clear snow at least 3 feet in all directions around fire hydrants near their property to ensure they are readily accessible in an emergency.
- Heating Equipment and Chimney’s – with the temperatures slated to be very cold over the next week, we would like to remind property owners to keep heating equipment vents clear of snow, chimneys clean, and all combustible materials at least 3 feet away from all heating equipment.
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – please make sure that all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have are working and have fresh batteries. Detectors should at a minimum be located on each level of your residence and detectors 10-years or older should be replaced.
Please contact the Lebanon Fire Department should you have any questions at (603) 448-8810.