Written on: August 10, 2020
Here in the Hudson Valley, we can get some wicked thunderstorms in the summer.
That weather makes it essential that you know the basics of propane safety, and what to do when it comes to propane and propane appliances.
That’s why we’ve put together this guide so you can be ready to take care of your family and your home during storms.
Keep aware for any propane leaks. How do you know there’s a propane leak? By the rotten-egg smell of propane gas. Small propane leaks can be made worse, and more dangerous, in storms.
Be prepared. 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.
Exercise caution. Stay indoors. Keep far away from power lines and conductive metal objects like your propane tank during the storm. If you’re outdoors when a storm occurs, don’t go under trees, poles, or other tall and conductive objects or structures. Pay attention for instructions from local authorities on possible evacuations.
Take stock. Once the storm has passed, go outside and inspect your property if it’s safe to do so. Keep an eye out for fallen trees or tree limbs, or downed power lines that may damage your propane tank or gas line. Also look for things like those that can endanger your home and family. And if you smell gas indoors or outside, follow the propane safety guidelines RIGHT AWAY.
Check your propane appliances. Thoroughly inspect your propane appliances such as your furnace, boiler, water heater, and range. You need to look closely and thoroughly for any damage or malfunctions. But do NOT use candles when checking your propane equipment. A lit candle could ignite propane if there is a leak.
Contact us if there are problems. Call Kimlin Energy IMMEDIATELY if you suspect that your propane tank or gas line is damaged. We will carefully inspect and test your propane and equipment to make sure that everything is working safely and properly.
Have questions about propane safety? Don’t hesitate to contact us!