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As an Oil or Propane Customer what should I do when snow is in the forecast?

This weekend, parts of New England could see a considerable amount of snow. What does this mean for Oil and Propane home here, well not much is changing temperature wise.  However, snow in most cases worries customers and leads many to request an additional or quicker delivery of fuel. In some cases it's enough to push those that have been holding off on getting a delivery to get a delivery.

When you see snow in the forecast and you are an automatic delivery customer, you can rest assured that your company should already have your next delivery planned. Most good fuel companies use a program that determines how much fuel your home uses a season. That means that when you get a delivery there is a good chance that your company will have an idea of when you should need another one.  This can change with temperature fluctuations as they normally use the average temp, but they will monitor changes in the temps and plan properly. 

The best thing you can do as an automatic delivery customer is ensure that a path is clear to your fill pipe or your propane tank, also make sure that it's clear of ice.  This will ensure that as the winter goes on your fuel company will be able to get your fuel to you.  Delivery drivers carry 50lb hoses from the truck to your fill pipe or propane tank, this becomes much more difficult to carry through several feet of snow.  Drivers will try there best to make the delivery regardless of the condition but a clear path will help to ensure the safety of the driver.  In some cases if the path to the fill pipe is too dangerous for the driver, the driver will not make the delivery.

For will call customers a winter storm can start the panic thoughts, "Do I have enough fuel" or "Should I get more fuel to be safe?". The best thing that you can do is check your tank gauge. If your tank gauge is at or below 1/4 you should call to schedule a fuel delivery several day before the storm to ensure that you'll be able to get the fuel before the snow hits.  Will call customer should also ensure that there is a clear path to the fill pipe.

Most important, remember to always stay safe when a storm is coming!

ckSmithSuperior Santoro Oil

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