6 Safe & Easy Winter Delivery Tips

Help Us, Help You…No Matter What the Weather Brings!

We’re proud to say our delivery drivers are the best on the road—and they’re out there in all kinds of weather to ensure you stay comfortable. And at this time of the year, they must deal with hazardous conditions, especially when there’s snow and ice on the ground, to make sure you get your heating oil delivery when you need it most. Needless to say, maneuvering with a heavy hose while navigating slippery surfaces can be challenging!

But there are ways you can make heating oil deliveries safer for our drivers, both before and after big storms. Following these tips can help them get their work done efficiently and get to everyone quickly.

Winter Weather Delivery Tips

  1. Be sure the path to your fill pipe is free of debris and branches and clear a path—about a foot wide—after a snowfall.
  2. Is your tank underground? Marking its location with a pole topped with a bright-colored flag or wide ribbon makes it more easily visible over snowbanks and drifts.
  3. When clearing your driveway after a storm, keep in mind that our trucks need a 9- to 10-foot-wide path to maneuver safely—and we cannot deliver fuel if your driveway isn’t plowed and free of ice. Marking the edges makes it easier to navigate, especially on steep driveways. Remember, just because you can get your car down your driveway doesn’t mean our 15-ton fuel truck can make it, too.
  4. Be sure vents are not blocked by snow, ice, or fallen leaves. Your heating system won’t work effectively. It also increases the risk of carbon monoxide buildup in your home.
  5. After a storm, check for downed trees, branches, and power lines that may obstruct access to your equipment.
  6. Don’t wait until the last minute to call for a delivery. If you’re a will call customer, keep an eye on your tank and schedule a delivery when your tank is no less than a quarter full. That ensures we have time to get to you before you run out. To make things easier, sign up for our Gold Service plan and enjoy our FREE automatic delivery service. You can cross “order fuel” off your to-do list!

Protect Your Family

We’ll make sure you have fuel to keep your home and family warm. But there are a couple additional steps you can take when winter weather and dangerous cold is in the forecast.

  1. Test your carbon monoxide detectors at the start of the heating season. With windows shut tight and the heat on, winter is the most dangerous time when it comes to carbon monoxide poisoning. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations and change batteries if needed.
  2. Charge your devices and have backup batteries available. When bad weather is in the forecast, make sure your phones, laptops, and tablets are fully charged—especially if you live in an area prone to outages. If you have portable chargers, charge those as well.

We’ve been helping families keep comfortable with reliable heating oil deliveries across Nassau and Suffolk counties for over 30 years. If you’re looking for a heating oil supplier you can count on for seasons to come, contact us today. We’ll be happy to help!