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Winter Fuel Delivery Tips

Written on: January 24, 2022

Important reminders for a safe season

oil delivery tips massachusettsNew Englanders know how to get through winter—no matter how tough it gets. But this is still a good time to review some of the important safety measures you should take this winter to help keep your family safe and make it easier for the Brideau team to deliver your fuel.

The top of your mind should be ensuring that all your walkways and driveways are clear and accessible. Be especially mindful before, during, and after every winter storm. You should also keep a watchful eye on your fuel levels, as your usage is likely to increase noticeably in the upcoming weeks.

The following tips will help you protect your home. They will also help the Brideau team do its job safely:

  1. If you have a propane tank, use a brightly-colored flag attached to the top of it to increase its visibility. This will help our delivery drivers safely and effectively position their trucks.
  2. Clear away any snow or ice that accumulates on your walkway and driveway. Make sure our delivery crew can safely access your property.
  3. If you’re a heating oil customer, keep your fill pipe clear and completely accessible for deliveries.
  4. If you’re a propane customer, clear a path to your propane tank for safe access. Clean off the tank itself as well. Use a broom when cleaning the tank—not a shovel. You could puncture your tank if you use a shovel to clean it off. Ensure that your vents and flues are unobstructed to help prevent a build-up of carbon monoxide in your home.
  5. Make a habit of testing your carbon monoxide detectors monthly and replacing the batteries in them every six months. You’ll need to replace the unit itself every 5 to 7 years (check the manufacturer’s guidelines for specifics). These are important safety measures. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious medical emergency that can result in death. 
  6. Monitor your fuel levels. Your usage is likely to increase (probably a lot) as the temperatures fall. Make sure to call Brideau for a delivery long before you need it.
  7. If you’d rather not have to worry about your fuel levels all winter, sign up for automatic propane or automatic heating oil delivery with Brideau. It’s free, and you’ll be far less likely to have a fuel run-out.
  8. If you’re a propane customer, teach everyone in your household how to identify a leak and what to do next. The smell of rotten eggs is a good indicator you have a propane leak. As soon as anyone suspects there’s a leak, act immediately. Click here for detailed instructions.

As a family-owned, top-quality fuel company, Brideau Energy cares about your family’s safety. We have also earned a reputation for fairness and honesty. Click here to see if we’re in your neighborhood of central Massachusetts or southern New Hampshire.

Contact us today to become a customer, request a fuel delivery, or receive service. Your comfort is our priority.