Running Out of Home Heating Fuel? Here's What You Can Do
CONCORD – The New Hampshire Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is asking Granite Staters to be patient but persistant with their fuel delivery company.
Director Perry Plummer says demand for fuel is high right now due to the prolonged sub-freezing temperatures. Plummer recommends calling right when you realize you need fuel.
Rymes Propane & Oils recommends calling before your oil dips below 25 percent. They posted on their Facebook page that any home scheduled for automatic delivery does not need to call to schedule. They will simply show up.
If you aren't scheduled for automatic delivery, Plummer says you may have to wait on hold.
“With high call volumes, wait times can be 10 minutes or longer," Plummer says. "Be patient and stay on the call. Fuel is available and service providers are making deliveries as quickly as possible. Fuel delivery restrictions have been eased across the region so that drivers can deliver for longer shifts. That said, driver safety is also a priority. Drivers need enough time to rest between shifts so they can safely make deliveries.”
Plummer recommends calling other service providers if your company is unavailable to deliver fuel. But if the situation becomes dire and you believe you will run out of fuel before morning, call 2-1-1 for warming center information.
Other tips that may help save money on fuel is closing off unneeded rooms, stuff towels in cracks under doors and cover windows.
Several people took to social media complaining they could not get through to Rymes Propane & Oils on Tuesday, but by late Tuesday night the company said the problem with their phone company has been fixed.
To keep pipes from freezing, NH HSEM recommends allowing your faucets to drip a little. Also you can wrap pipes in insulation, heat tape or layers of newspaper then cover with plastic. NH HSEM also recommend you know how to shut off your water in case a pipe bursts in your home.
If you need to use an alternate heat source, experts recommend you follow manufacturers instructions, plug space heaters directly in a outlet and kept at least 3 feet away from combustibles, like curtains, and never use a salamander type portable heater because they give off large amounts of carbon monoxide and are not safe for indoor use.