Severe weather preparedness in your propane-powered NC home
Intense springtime storms can strike at any time in North Carolina – especially as we get closer to the June 1 kickoff of the Atlantic hurricane season – and with those storms can come power outages and dangerous conditions that you need to be ready for.
That’s why now is a good time to review how to prepare for and respond to severe weather conditions in your propane-powered home. As always, your family’s safety is our number one concern.
Here are some severe weather safety reminders to review with your family:
- Always listen to local authorities; if you must evacuate your property, use caution when returning.
- Create an emergency plan and review it with your family. Post a list with our contact information plus numbers for emergency services, along with instructions for turning off propane, electricity, and water.
- If you have an aboveground propane tank, make sure it is securely anchored.
- Have an adequate supply of propane in your tank – enough to last at least a week or more in the event of road closures. If you have a propane generator, be sure to test it before severe weather strikes, and make sure to get a propane delivery in advance of the event.
- If severe weather threatens your safety, shut off your propane gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. Also, turn off the gas supply valves located near individual indoor appliances. If you do not know how to do this, contact us for instructions.
- Once severe weather passes, check the area for downed power lines, damaged gas lines, or damage to your propane tanks and appliances.
- Inspect your propane appliances for damage if it is safe to do so. If the appliances have been damaged, contact us for service immediately.
- NEVER turn on a light switch, use any power source, or inspect your household appliances while standing in water.
- NEVER use outdoor, fuel-burning appliances indoors or in enclosed area. This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be deadly.
Keep your family safe this spring! If you have any questions about propane safety for severe weather, contact the propane safety pros at LG Jordan Oil today.
LG Jordan Oil – Serving Wake, Chatham, Durham, Harnett, Johnston, Orange and Lee counties in North Carolina.