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Know How To Keep Your Home—and Loved Ones—Safe!

thunderstorm safety tips north carolinaHere in North Carolina, summer weather can trigger extreme thunderstorms.
LG Jordan recognizes that you’re more than just customers; you’re our neighbors. And with so many storms and inclement weather hitting our area this year, it’s important to know all there is to know about propane safety so you can protect your family and home no matter what tropical storm makes its way up the coast next.
We’ve put together some important information and tips, so you can take care of things in the event of an electrical storm:

Before a Storm Hits:

Pay attention for any propane leaks. You will know there is propane gas leaking when you smell the distinctive rotten-egg odor. Small propane leaks, particularly in storms, can worsen and become more dangerous to deal with. Make sure you check around your tank for any signs of hissing, and to make sure all parts and connections look to be in order.
Be informed and prepared. All the adults in your household must know how to shut off the gas main at your propane tank. It should be done even if you evacuate from home. Shutting off the gas prevents any damaged tanks from causing a bigger issue.
Install a propane gas detector. Propane gas detectors provide an additional measure of security. It is recommended that you consider installing one or more propane gas detectors in and around your home. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding installation, location, and maintenance.
Have a list of instructions on how to turn off electricity, propane, and water. Review suggested preparations for weather hazards such as thunderstorms with your propane retailer as well as other utility suppliers. Advise them of any special needs you may have.

During a Storm:

Be careful. Stay indoors and as far away from power lines and conductive metal objects like your propane tank while the storm is happening. If you’re outdoors and storm occurs, avoid areas under trees, poles, or other tall and conductive objects or structures.
Pay attention for instructions from local authorities on possible evacuations.

After a Storm Hits:

Inspect your property. If you can, go out of your home and look for fallen trees. Be on the lookout for downed power lines that may damage your propane tank or cause other dangers to your property and safety of family members.
Inspect propane appliances. Check for any damage, leaks, or other issues that might be present. If you’re without power, be sure to use a flashlight as opposed to any open flame when checking your equipment to minimize risk.
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.
Contact us if there’s a problem. If you suspect your propane tank, gas line, or propane appliances are damaged, get in touch with us IMMEDIATELY. Our technicians will carefully inspect and test your propane and equipment to make sure all components are working safely.
If you smell gas, follow these propane safety guidelines without delay.
Do you have questions about propane safety? Please get in touch with us so we can answer them.
LG Jordan Oil, North Carolina’s first choice for propane delivery in Wake, Chatham, Durham, and the surrounding five county area!