***Latest Executive Order includes all 77 Oklahoma Counties***
Closure of non-essential business has been extended until April 30, 2020.
Oklahoma Governor, Kevin Stitt issued an Executive Order that every non-essential business within a county that has a confirmed COVID-19 case be closed at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 until April 14, 2020. An Amended Executive Department Memo was released that added a list of industries and businesses that are considered critical infrastructure industry. Propane was deemed an essential business.
In addition, a memo of guidance from Homeland Security defining critical infrastructure industry is included HERE.
ASSOCIATION OFFICE HOURS
Due to the critical role we play in the propane industry, the Oklahoma Propane Gas Association office will remain open but on a modified schedule. Until April 30, 2020, staff will be in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. We will work remotely the remainder of the time. We will monitor phone calls and emails regularly so please don’t hesitate to let us know if you need anything or we can do anything to help.
DON’T GET CAUGHT OUT OF GAS
Propane Customers Encouraged To Not Let Their Tanks Run Empty To Further Minimize Their Risk of Exposure to Covid-19
As concerns regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spread throughout our state, the health and well-being of our customers and employees are a top priority of the Oklahoma Propane Gas Association and the Oklahoma LP Gas Board.
In these unprecedented times, we want to help propane company employees and consumers minimize their risk of exposure to the Coronavirus. Every precautionary measure is being taken to safeguard against this health threat. However, to reduce the risk even further, we encourage propane consumers to keep their tanks full.
There are strict laws regarding out-of-gas situations. These regulations require anyone delivering propane to an out-of-gas customer (or new customer) to perform a complete system check before the tank is refilled. This leak/safety check requires your propane professional to enter your home, therefore creating a personal contact situation.
Kris Sanders, OPGA Executive Director said, “We want to make sure our propane customers always have the heat and hot water they need. However, we want to keep them and our employees safe during this current health crisis”
OPGA and the LP Gas Board recommend contacting your propane dealer to refill your tank before it reaches 25% capacity. You can monitor your tank levels by reading the gauge attached to your tank.
Larry Snodgrass, LP Gas Board Administrator stated, “It all comes down to service and safety. We want to provide uninterrupted service to propane consumers but need to protect everyone involved at the same time.”
It is the purpose of the Oklahoma Propane Gas Association to promote this industry and to coordinate its activities to the end that OPGA may serve to the fullest extent possible the best interests of both the propane gas industry and the consuming public.
OPGA is and shall remain committed to increasing the effectiveness of gas service for light, heat, and power; to advancing the methods of manufacture, distribution, utilization, sales, and accounting relative to this industry; to advancing the public’s knowledge of, and appreciation for, the unique qualities of propane as well as its various and diverse uses; and shall encourage, now and in the future, economic advancement, safety, conservation and standardization within this industry.
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