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Remaining safe in the days following a tornado or strong storm with high winds can be stressful enough, but it’s also important for residents who have a home powered by propane to take a few precautionary steps to avoid potential dangers.
Consider these safety steps in order to reduce the potential for further property damage following the tornado.
Use extreme caution and take the time to carefully evaluate the condition of all the structures on your property. Check the entire area for downed power lines, damaged gas lines, or damage to your propane tank. If your propane tank becomes dislodged from its service line, it’s likely to be leaking gas out into the surrounding area.
Contact your propane supplier or local fire department immediately if you have propane tank issues. If you find a propane tank on your property that is not yours, or if your propane tank has become dislodged or is missing, call a professional.
Never use outdoor propane appliances indoors or in enclosed areas, particularly during a power outage. This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or death.
Inspect your propane appliances for water or other damage, if it is safe to do so. Appliances with electric components that have been exposed to water can create a fire hazard.
Schedule a time for a qualified service technician to perform a complete inspection of your propane system if you suspect any of your propane appliances, equipment, or vehicles have been under water or damaged, or you have turned off your gas supply. Never use or operate appliances, equipment, or vehicles, or turn on the gas supply, until your system has been inspected by a qualified service technician. Do not attempt repairs yourself.
Exercise sound judgment. As with any challenging situation, your composure during and after tornadoes and other severe weather events will ensure you don’t take unnecessary risks or pose any additional dangers to your family and home. Stay calm; use radios, television, and telephones to stay informed and connected. If any questions arise, contact your propane supplier or local fire department.
In preparation of the next chance of dangerous weather, consider creating an emergency preparedness plan and review it with everyone in your family. Include a list with contact information for your propane supplier and emergency services along with instructions for turning off propane, electricity, and water. Install UL-listed propane gas detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. These detectors provide you with an additional measure of security.
For additional information on propane safety and emergency preparedness, visit Propane.com/Tornadoes.