After the Storm ADVISORY

The Vermont Fuel Dealers Association is working with state and local officials to coordinate clean up efforts of home heating oil and propane tanks.

Consumers with a fuel oil spill should call the Vermont Haz-Mat Hotline at 1-800-641-5005.

If your home or business has been impacted by a release of heating oil, contact your insurance provider immediately. If your insurance does not cover a fuel oil release, you must ask the insurance company for a

denial of coverage letter. Copies of the insurance policy and the denial of coverage are needed to qualify for the Vermont Petroleum Cleanup Fund (PCF). For residential properties, the PCF will pay for cleanup activity up to $25,000, after a $250 deductible. Anything above is the responsibility of the property owner. If there is fuel oil floating on water in a basement, do not pump the oil and water out onto the yard. Pumping oil onto the ground surface will substantially increase the cost of the cleanup. 

If heating equipment has been flooded, be sure to shut off the tank service valve. If your propane tank has become dislodged or is missing, or if you suspect you may have a propane leak, immediately shut down the affected equipment (furnace, boiler, stove, gas grill, etc.), turn off the propane tank, leave the area, and contact your propane dealer and local fire department by calling 911.

Damage to pumps, filters, and electronic controls is a significant problem caused by flooding. Heating appliances and equipment that have been underwater should be inspected by your professional retailer/technician before being placed back into service. Assess damage, take pictures and keep a list of everyone you speak to regarding your heating system during this time. Such information may become necessary should you need to file an insurance claim.

If you find a propane tank that has washed up on your property that is not yours,

please contact VFDA at 802-230-4722. It is helpful if you can tell us:

  1. What color is the tank?

  2. Is there a sticker with a propane company name on the tank?

  3. What size is the tank (see chart below)?

If you smell gas please call your local fire department immediately. Please do not handle tanks

or attempt to reattach tanks. This should only be done by a professional propane technician.