How Do I Prepare My Propane Home for a Wildfire?
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Wildfires are serious emergency situations that, if left uncontrolled, can go from bad to worse very quickly. Time is of the essence for families near a wildfire to take steps to stay safe and secure their property as best they can.
For residents living in a propane home located in the vicinity of the wildfire, there are some specific safety measures to implement in case the wildfires reach your property. In addition to the precautions outlined below, visit this wildfire safety page for even more information designed to keep your family safe and your propane home secure.
- Clear at least a 10-foot area around your propane tank and gas grill of any debris.
- Make sure the grill and all propane 20-pound cylinders are at least 10 feet from any structure.
- Never store, place, or use a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.
- Call your propane supplier and fill your propane tank if there is still time before the wildfire reaches you.
- Post a list with contact information of your propane supplier and emergency services along with instructions for turning off propane, electricity, and water.
- Prepare a family disaster supply kit and include several days’ worth of water and canned foods along with a can opener, extra clothes and blankets, flashlights, and batteries.
- Shut off the gas if a wildfire threatens your safety.
- Listen to your local authorities, or television and radio stations to determine if you need to evacuate your home.
- Carefully evaluate the condition of all the structures on your property after the wildfire danger has passed.
- Schedule a complete inspection of your propane system by a qualified service technician 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.
Most importantly, exercise sound judgment. As with any challenging situation, your composure during wildfires will ensure that you don’t take unnecessary risks or pose any additional dangers to your family and home. Wildfires can last several days and roads may be inaccessible for fuel delivery or emergency services. If any questions arise, contact your propane supplier or local fire department.
For additional information on protecting your propane home during a wildfire, visit Propane.com/wildfires.