Summer can bring some intense, stormy weather to our little corner of North Carolina.
When that weather comes, it is imperative that you understand propane safety, and how to practice it when it comes to your propane tank and propane appliances.
We’ve put together this guide to what to do before, during, and after a storm so you know how to protect your home and loved ones.
Be alert for propane leaks. You’ll know there’s a propane leak by the distinctive rotten-egg smell of propane gas. Small propane leaks can be made worse, and more dangerous, in storms due to downed limbs or debris blowing in or around your outdoor tank.
Know what to do. All the adults in your home must know how to shut off the gas main at your propane tank. It must be done if you have to evacuate your home. Shutting off the gas main prevents damaged tanks from creating dangerous leaks that could ignite. Make sure your phones are charged in case you need to call emergency services. Pay close attention to any weather watches or warnings.
Be careful. Stay indoors and away from windows. Don’t go near power lines and conductive metal objects like your propane tank. If you’re outdoors when a storm occurs, don’t go under trees, poles, or other tall and conductive objects or structures. Keep an ear out for instructions from local authorities on possible evacuations.
Once it is safe to go outside, do so carefully. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. If you can safely get to it, look for any visible damage to your propane tank. Keep an eye out for fallen trees or tree limbs, or downed power lines that may damage your propane tank or have affected any gas line. And, if you smell gas outside or in your home, follow all propane safety procedures IMMEDIATELY.
Have questions about propane safety? Contact us today. LG Jordan puts customer safety as their #1 priority, and are always ready to help in times of need.