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Snow Can Keep Explosive Gas from Evaporating

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on March 4, 2018 14:05

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People leave their brains at home when visiting Sierra ski resorts or snow play areas.

If you own a home in snow country like the Sierras, you have to be very careful about gas leaks, black ice and driving near ski resorts.  Let me explain.

When living in snow country you should use gas for heating and cooking. Don’t use electricity, because during snow storms the electricity could go out and there will be no way to heat a house or do cooking.

Almost every owner of a house, if they don’t have a generator for electricity, will use gas to keep the house warm and do their cooking.

To store gas they will have large outside storage gas tanks, usually, near the house. If the tanks are placed to close to the house the owners could have a serious explosion.

When you leave your home in the snow country you should leave your heater on and around 50-degrees to keep everything that would freeze from freezing.

If for some unknown reason there is a small gas leak near the gas tank, the snow will keep the leaking gas from dissipating into the air. The gas will build up near the gas tank and house and can explode.

The owner of the house should make sure there is a good distance between the house and gas tank, so that if there is a leak the gas can evaporate into the air.

When driving in cold weather, you must be careful of black ice—water that has frozen to the pavement and became a solid mass of ice, which is hard to see at night when driving.

One way to know if there’s black ice is when you see a shiny pavement on the road. Slow down with out using your breaks if you can.

When driving near a resort or a snow play area, be careful. For some unknown reason, “People who come to the snow in the Sierras leave their brains at home.”

For example, parking in the middle of a Sierra freeway, and jumping out of their car to play in the snow—in other words, they just leave their car on the freeway and go and play in the snow. When the California Highway Patrol has their vehicle towed away, they get mad.

Would you stop your car in the middle of a freeway in the San Francisco Bay Area and go and play on the freeway?  No, and why is it done on a Sierra road or freeway?

Just be careful, as I said,”People who come to the snow in the Sierras leave their brains at home!”

If you follow these suggestions, your stay in snow country will be enjoyable. 

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on March 4, 2018 14:05

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Source: Mashable

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