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Hurricanes can cause damage to homes and entire communities and require that homeowners prepare beforehand in order to stay safe.
For residents living in a propane home, there are a few particular propane safety precautions that should be implemented before the hurricane arrives to keep your family safe after the hurricane passes through and it’s time to return to your home.
Discuss these seven propane-related safety precautions with your family members in order to reduce the potential for property loss, personal injury, and even death.
- Hurricanes can cause flooding, in which case the National Fire Protection Agency requires that large above-ground and underground propane tanks be anchored securely.
- Have an adequate supply of propane in your tank, as propane and other fuel types may not be readily available during and after a storm.
- In the event that a hurricane threatens your safety, shut off the gas. To turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank, turn the valve to the right (clockwise).
- Never use outdoor propane appliances indoors or in enclosed areas, particularly during a power outage, as it can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or death. It’s also important that you never store, place, or use a propane cylinder indoors or in enclosed areas.
- After the hurricane danger passes and it’s safe to do so, check the area for downed power lines, damaged gas lines, or damage to your propane tank.
- Inspect your propane appliances for damages, if it is safe to do so.
- Schedule a time for a qualified technician to perform a complete inspection of your propane equipment.
Stay informed and connected using radios, television, and telephones. Listen to your local authorities and if any questions arise, contact your propane supplier or local fire department.
For additional information on propane safety and emergency preparedness, visit Propane.com/Hurricanes.