AUSTIN – The Texas Railroad Commission’s web site has a new
feature for Winter Texans - or “snowbirds” - who have begun their
annual migration to the Lone Star State, and who plan to keep their
nests cozy and warm with Texas-produced propane gas.
The Railroad Commission, the state’s chief energy agency, is in
charge of propane safety in Texas.
At www.propane.tx.gov/Tips_for_Winter_Texans, visitors can call up a
directory of more than 900 places to buy propane fuel statewide. The
directory is searchable by city, county or company name. The site also
has tips and checklists covering the safe storage, handling and use of
propane containers, appliances and piping systems in recreational
vehicles and campers. In addition, the site has links to information
about current road and weather conditions and state historic sites.
For those who use propane to power their vehicles, the site also has
information on claiming the 50 cents per gallon federal alternative
motor fuel tax credit.
“This web site is our way of welcoming Winter Texans and helping to
make their stay easy and enjoyable,” said Railroad Commission Chairman
Elizabeth Ames Jones. “Everything travelers need to know about
propane is here under one virtual roof.”
Railroad Commissioner David Porter said, “When it comes to propane,
safety is our top priority. We encourage Winter Texans to visit our web
site for tips on the safe use of their recreational propane
Commissioner Barry T. Smitherman said, “Whether you’re a Winter
Texan or a year-round resident, the Commission’s web site is your
headquarters for information on propane safety-at home, at work, and at
play. Check it out.”
The Texas Railroad Commission reminds those who rely on propane-powered
camp heaters, lanterns and stoves or who drive recreational vehicles
(RVs) to follow some basic outdoor equipment safety rules, which
· Always store, move and use propane storage cylinders in an
upright position, unless otherwise indicated on the cylinder itself.
Cylinders and appliances should be kept out of reach of children at all
· Campground owners with propane tanks on their property should
contact their local supplier to have their propane delivery account put
on automatic. That way, they will never have to worry about running out
of fuel, no matter how cold the weather gets or how treacherous the
roads become for propane delivery trucks.
· Quite a few Winter Texans travel by RV during this season. The
Railroad Commission reminds these vehicle owners that now is a good time
to take the RV to a qualified propane gas dealer or licensed RV repair
facility for a checkup. The propane supplier or facility repair
technician can check the system for leaks and proper regulator settings;
inspect the valves and fittings; and check propane tanks for rust and
For more information on how to camp and travel warmly and safely this
winter, call the Railroad Commission’s Alternative Fuels Division at
(800) 64-CLEAR or go to www.propane.tx.gov.
Propane Services Directory www.texaspropane.org
State Parks and Historic Sites: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest