AUSTIN The Texas Railroad Commissions 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 states 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

appliances.

Commissioner Barry T. Smitherman said, Whether youre a Winter

Texan or a year-round resident, the Commissions 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

include:

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

times.

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

dents.

For more information on how to camp and travel warmly and safely this

winter, call the Railroad Commissions Alternative Fuels Division at

(800) 64-CLEAR or go to www.propane.tx.gov.

Snowbird links:

Propane Services Directory www.texaspropane.org

Road Conditions:

http://apps.dot.state.tx.us/travel/road_conditions2.htm

State Parks and Historic Sites: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest