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7 Ways Football Players Stay Warm During Post Season Games

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Imagine playing a full game of football in sub-zero temperatures, without letting the frigid temperatures impact your performance. NFL players know the feeling all too well, especially when it comes to the most important games—the playoffs.

While some teams are lucky enough to shield themselves from the harsh winter conditions with their domes, others are not so fortunate. Temperatures have dropped as low as -13°F (and -48°F with wind chill!) during post season games, which begs me to ask: What’s their secret?

1.  VASELINE.  Have you ever wondered how your favorite players managed to show off their bare arms while it’s snowing? The secret is simple: Vaseline. Vaseline helps block the wind by clogging your pores, which is why players rub it over their face and body.

2.  CHICKEN BROTH.  While breaking on the sidelines, many players keep their body temperature up by drinking warm chicken broth. Although this is a great way to keep the players warm on the sidelines, it’s imperative that players hydrate themselves with water as well.

3.  HAND WARMERS.  During playoff games, players get quite creative with their hand warmers. Players have been known to put instant hand warmers everywhere to keep warm in sub-zero temperatures. Some of the most common uses amongst players include: placing a few in their hand muff, tapping them to the bottom of their feet, and dropping a couple inside gloves and helmets.

4.  HIGH-POWERED PROPANE BLOWER HEATERS.  Commonly used throughout the NFL, propane blower heaters are a great way to keep the team toasty on the sidelines. Complete with protective shells that make them safe to touch, these heaters can heat up to 25 people at once!

5.  DRAGON HEAT SOLAR SEAT.  The Dragon Heat Solar Seat is no ordinary bench. Durably constructed, the inside of these fiberglass benches are hallow—allowing the benches to be heated internally by a propane blower heater. The heated foot deck provides an upward flow of heat, giving the players a “Marilyn Monroe” effect when they’re wearing a parka.

6.  HOT HAT HELMET HEATERS.  Housed on the backside of the Dragon Seat, these innovative helmet heaters are essential for those chilly playoff games. Imagine if you had to wear a helmet made out of ice for three hours straight. That’s exactly what would happen to these players if they didn’t have the Hot Hat Helmet Heater! The padding inside of the helmet is prone to freezing, which can easily turn an unheated helmet into a player’s worst nightmare.

7.  PROPANE SPACE HEATERS.  Space heaters have been used throughout the NFL for years to keep players toasty warm. Preferred amongst most NFL teams, propane space heaters distribute warmer air more evenly compared to electric models.

 

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Which Burger Is Best?

If you are thinking about what to cook for the big game this weekend, look no further! Choose your favorite teams signature burger:

Denver Mile High Burger: Mile High Burgers are Rachel Ray signature burgers. Instead of hamburger, they are made with a blend of ground turkey and ham! The burgers are flavored with hot sauce and your favorite grill seasoning. Then they are topped with sautéed peppers and onions and crispy bacon.

Carolina Chili Cole Slaw Burger: If you happen to be in the Carolinas and you want to get a burger, try to find a place where you can get the old school traditional Carolina burger. If you can find it you will be in for one heck of a treat!  This burger is covered in chili and creamy coleslaw for a big, sloppy, wonderfully delicious mess! Make sure you get extra napkins!

And don’t forget the most important piece of the recipe when you’re ready to grill these burgers your AmeriGas propane tank! Make certain it is  hooked up and ready to go for that perfect grilling experience

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Throwing The Perfect Football Party

With the big game only days away, make sure you are prepared to throw the best party for your football loving friends! AmeriGas has made it easy for you by breaking down the essentials for you. Follow these steps and you will be sure to impress!

1. It is always important to invite your friends and family, even maybe your colleagues over when throwing that perfect football party! The more, the merrier, as long as everyone can see the television clearly. Make sure your house is clean when your guests arrive. Don’t wait until the last minute!

2. To create the perfect atmosphere you want to decorate and set up the house for the festivities! Lay out any tables and chairs you’ll need. Don’t forget to tuck several garbage bags somewhere close to the table for easy access. There’s nothing worse than throwing a party and having your garbage spill over because you weren’t prepared.

3. Planning the perfect menu is also an important part of the party’s success. If you wish, you can ask people to pitch in either by bringing a dish to add to the food table or contributing some money to the kitty to help you with the party expenses. Be sure your menu includes some great burgers and firing up the grill with your AmeriGas propane tank.

4. Now that you have the perfect menu planned don’t forget to think ahead about how you want to organize the food layout. The idea is that everyone is free to help themselves and enjoy the informality of the occasion! Place the drinks in coolers, and dump ice over them. Ensure there are places to set down the hot food when it comes out, and leave plates, cutlery, napkins, and seasoning out for everyone to help themselves. 

5. Make your guests feel at home when they arrive. Talk about the game while the pre-show is going on. Use half time as a snack break. The commercials are renowned for being the best and highest costing commercials played on TV so make it easy for your guests to hang around the TV while eating.

6. Recruit people to help you clean-up after the game. Ask people if they want to take any of the leftovers home and make certain you have the supplies necessary for them to do so. After everyone leaves, finish cleaning and relax. You just threw one heck of a party!

Not sure where to pick-up your AmeriGas tank? Find a location near you.

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Winter Storm Preparedness

 

 

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Another major winter storm is on its way to the east coast. For those of us who love the snow, this storm is set to bring some snowman and snow-fort worthy accumulations. On the flip side, the storm is also expected to produce heavy snow fall, ice, and potentially damaging winds.

If you are in this storm’s path, you’ve probably already visited the grocery store to stock up on food and emergency supplies. Did you know there are preparations you can take for your propane system?

Review the important safety information below to ensure you and your family know what to do before, during, and after a winter storm. For a complete list of winter storm safety information please visit http://www.propanesafetyfirst.com.

Before:

Make sure your propane tank, whether it is located above or below the ground, is marked properly by a flag, pole, or stake that is higher than the average snow cover depth for your location. This will increase the odds of it being seen by someone such as a snowplow operator, reducing the changes for a potentially fatal accident.

Have an adequate supply of propane in your tank. During and after a winter storm, roads leading to your home or farm might not be accessible for delivery. It is recommended that you establish a regular delivery schedule with your propane retailer.

Know how and where to shut off the outdoor propane supply and indoor propane appliances. For more information, contact your propane retailer.

Make sure that you and your family know what propane smells like. Propane has a strong, unpleasant smell like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal.

Never store or place a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent

Create an emergency preparedness plan and review it regularly with your family in order to keep them safe during a potential disaster.

During:

Listen to your local authorities, or television or radio stations, for instructions on the appropriate course of action to take. Although it is recommended to always have an adequate supply of propane in your tank, it is especially important during the winter months because in the event of a storm, roads leading to your home or farm might not be accessible for additional delivery.

Make sure to clear snow and ice away from all outdoor vents,chimneys, and flues, thereby reducing the potential for CO poisoning. Whenever possible, use a broom instead of a shovel in order to not damage your propane system components.

Clear snow and ice from around your propane tank. If the pipes freeze and crack, gas can pool in the snow, causing it to become an ignition source, creating a potentially dangerous situation

After:

After a winter storm, use caution in the area surrounding your home or farm. If you have any doubts about your safety, leave the area immediately and have your property inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before re-entering. Take the time to carefully evaluate the condition of all the structures on your property. If it is dark, use flashlights, not candles.

Look carefully around the entire area. Check for downed power lines;they can create major safety hazards. High winds or falling ice can move, shift, or damage gas lines and tanks. Immediately call your local utility company or propane retailer if any of these hazards exist.

As a reminder, follow these general propane safety rules:

Never use outdoor propane appliances indoors or in enclosed areas. This can result in CO poisoning or death. These include outdoor portable heaters, barbecue grills, and portable generators. Only use appliances indoors that are designed and approved for indoor use.

Never store or place a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.

Never use a gas oven or range-top burners to provide space heating.

Do not under any circumstances, try to modify or repair valves, regulators, or other appliance parts.

If melting snow or ice floods any part of your home or farm, never turn on a light switch, use any power source, or inspect your household appliances while standing in water. This can result in electrocution.

 

Even when the forecast doesn’t call for a blizzard, make sure you are prepared by reviewing our service guidelines for a worry-free winter.

Safety is our highest priority. For more propane safety information, please visit www.propanesafetyfirst.com.

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Making the Holidays a Little Brighter

 

The holidays may be over ; however, we’d like to share some of  the amazing efforts by our employees nation-wide to help make the holidays brighter for the communities we service.  AmeriGas understands the importance of giving back and during the holidays especially our team makes it our mission to do just that!

With offices across the United States, we know how far our reach can be. From our corporate offices in Pennsylvania, to our local offices across the country, giving back is a mentality that’s instilled in our company’s culture. The holiday season brings with it much happiness and joy to so many but unfortunately not to everyone. This is why our employees find it so important to aide in any way they can. The projects in which our employees participate number far too many to mention but here are just a few: the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program and Kettle Bell Collections; Toys for Tots and local police and charity toy drives; various coat drives; Homes for Our Troops; numerous local food collection drives as well as individual baskets being made up for local families. Our employees believe in the spirit of the holiday and participating in projects like those mentioned provided them the opportunity to bring the magic of the season alive for so many.

Having serviced the community since 1959, AmeriGas prides itself on being more than just a propane supplier. Our employees continue that tradition year after year and look forward to working with you in 2016!

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Day in the Life: Airborne Member

At AmeriGas, teamwork goes beyond geographical boundaries. When natural disasters strip an area of its resources, we make sure that our teams have the necessary support to service our customers. Drivers, Service Technicians, Customer Relations Representatives, and Area Safety Advisors travel from other regions of the country to assist offices that have been impacted by the storm. These individuals are a part of the AmeriGas Airborne team.

For over a decade, Airborne personnel have delivered gas to areas hit by storms, caught up on backlogged deliveries, and answered phones in offices that have been inundated by customer calls due to extreme weather conditions or natural disasters. The Airborne team members exhibit the highest level of support for their AmeriGas team members—willingly working in uncharted waters and unfamiliar territory. They knowingly sacrifice time away from their families to help offices overcome the challenges they face.

We had the exciting opportunity to speak to one of the Airborne team members, Lloyd Paxman. Check out the interview below to see what it’s like to live a day in the life of an Airborne team member.

What’s your role when you’re not Airborne?
I’m a Service Tech from the AmeriGas in St. George, UT.

What made you go airborne?
We’re all on the same team and we can help each other out; that’s the way I look at it.

What was your first deployment?
My first deployment was to New Jersey in 2012 to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Displaced homeowners and emergency responders occupied most hotel rooms in the area where the hurricane struck. The closest hotel vacancy was an hour and a half from the district. The days were long, and my week there felt like three. My eyes were opened pretty big, but looking back, it was a good experience.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
When you get deployed, you’re entering uncharted waters. These areas are completely new and unfamiliar to you and you rely solely on the GPS. They give you tickets and you have to do the best you can to make sure those deliveries happen. You have to be able to roll with the punches.

What do you find most rewarding about this role?
Any time you get called in, obviously there’s a need. Anxiety is high because everyone is stressed. But, when you get there, you’re able to help. You’re going to take a route for them that wouldn’t have been done and may have resulted in out-of-gas calls. The ability to help those families after a natural disaster is the most rewarding job out there.

What is it like to constantly work with different teams?
It’s great! And the teams I help have always been extremely appreciative. I remember one of the district manager ended a safety meeting with a big hug and a “thank you” to our airborne team before we headed home. It was a moving moment. That team never thought they would need to call Airborne, but when they did, we were there to help. My office could be the same way someday. All of the sudden, we may need someone to help us out.

 

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The Only Makeover You’ll Need This Year

Still haven’t committed to a New Year’s resolution? Why not focus on improving something besides yourself this year (since we already think you’re great!)? We think 2016 should be the year for home improvements, and more specifically, updating that fireplace of yours.

If you haven’t already made the switch to a propane-powered fireplace, we highly suggest you do. Check out why we think propane fireplaces are the only way to go!

 More efficient. Propane fireplaces offer an efficiency rating which exceeds 90%, whereas wood-burning fireplaces offer a mere 15% efficiency rating. Compared to electric fireplaces, propane delivers 5 to 6 times the heating capacity! Propane fireplaces are also known for heating the room more evenly than both wood-burning and electric fireplaces.

Greener. Propane fireplaces are a greener option than its wood-burning counterparts. Unlike propane fireplaces, wood-burning fireplaces release harmful chemicals and particle pollution into the atmosphere. Propane fireplaces can also burn 40 times longer than wood fireplaces while still producing less emissions.

Cleaner. Propane fireplaces require very little maintenance, especially in comparison to wood-burning fireplaces. Wood-burning fireplaces create creosote as the wood is burned, which may become a fire hazard as it accumulates. Propane powered fireplaces don’t have that problem. Other than a professional cleaning and adjustment, which is recommended annually, propane fireplaces are virtually maintenance-free!

Easier. Propane fireplaces are hands-down more simple to use than wood-burning fireplaces. Wood-burning fireplaces are fueled by—you guessed it—wood. Wood is dirty and requires a decent amount of space for storage. Propane, on the other hand, is fed through a pipe and eliminates the issues surrounding wood storage. Propane fireplaces are also easier to fire up—all you need to do is simply push a button. Wood fireplaces require you to stack, light and tend to the wood.

Want to find out more information on how to update your fireplace? Contact us or call your local office to speak with an expert today!

 

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New Year, New Services

First, happy New Year from all of us at AmeriGas.

For us 2016 starts with some very exciting news; we’ve launched online delivery services! You can now review your scheduled propane deliveries and eligible customers can place a delivery request online, all within your online account.

If you are enrolled in our Automatic Delivery service, you can manage your account from the comfort of your home. Virtually check your tank gauge, or estimated tank percentage, by logging in and selecting the Tank Information page. See when a delivery request has been automatically generated for your account by clicking on the My Deliveries link. Check your account anytime, anywhere. No need to call- now that’s worry- free service!

Not sure if you are enrolled in Automatic Delivery? Login to your account to and select Tank Information. If you see a gauge, congratulations–you are enrolled! If not, learn more and request to sign up for automatic delivery here.

If you are a call ahead, or will call, customer, you may be eligible to request a delivery online. Simply login to your account and select My Deliveries. We’ve created an easy process for you to request your delivery online. You can request a delivery online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once you submit your delivery request, you’ll receive a confirmation and will be able to review your delivery request within your online account. We’ll have your request in our system and will be getting propane out to you! No phone calls needed.

Don’t forget about the other great benefits of enrolling online.

Here’s how to enroll:

1. Visit AmeriGas.com and select My Account.
2. Enter your account number (begins with a 2) and your billing zip code.
3. Enter your email address and set up your security questions.
4. Click on the verification link sent to your email address and you are ready to manage your propane account online!

 

We are always looking for ways to enhance your customer experience and are excited to continue to improve our online account management tools. Stay tuned, there’s more great updates to come in 2016!

*Please note customers who pay ahead are currently not eligible for online ordering. 

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New Year, New Grill

Looking for a grill that’s just right for you for the New Year? Here are a few questions to help guide you to your perfect grill:

  • What type of fuel will I use?
    Grills should be selected based on the type of fuel they use:  propane, charcoal, or electric. Personally we think propane is the best option for the most flavorful dishes! (but we aren’t biased or anything!)
  • What size do I need?
    Grills are measured in square inches of cooking surface. Knowing whether you’ll be cooking for yourself, your family, or entertaining guests will help you decide how big your grill should be.
  • What features do I want?
    Are you an adventurous gourmet griller or just a basic hotdogs-and-hamburgers type of griller? Grills today come with all sorts of interesting “bells and whistles.” Your specialty retailer can educate you on all of the different options available.
  • What’s my style?
    Today’s grills don’t have to be “basic black.” Manufacturers are catering to consumer demand for interesting designs including sleek stainless steel, colors, and a variety of styles ranging from traditional to modern.
  • What’s my budget?
    Whatever your budget, there is a grill for you. Basic backyard grills can sell for as little as $50 while top-of-the-line gourmet grills can sell for $5,000 or more.
  • Where will I shop?
    Grills can be purchased almost anywhere these days: specialty retailers, mass merchandisers, home improvement centers, hardware stores, and even department stores.
  • Where will I use my grill?
    Will you be using your grill on a small balcony? On your backyard patio? In your custom-designed outdoor kitchen? Today’s grills are specially designed for specific areas ranging from small apartments and condos to fully-equipped, permanent outdoor kitchens.

Whatever your choice, you are part of America’s long-standing love affair with barbecuing! More importantly, don’t forget to pick up your AmeriGas propane tank and a spare while you are out purchasing your new grill!

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