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Wildfire Safety Tips

Let propane expert Eric Kuster, Vice President of Safety, Education, and Compliance for the Propane Education & Research Council, give you a quick overview of the most important safety tips when a wildfire threatens your property.

PREPARING FOR EVERY POSSIBILITY

Before, during, and after a wildfire, there are a few key things to consider to keep your family and your home as safe as possible.

CREATE AN EMERGENCY PLAN

Work with your family to create a plan in the event of a wildfire. As part of this effort, make sure to post contact information for emergency services and utility companies—including your local propane supplier. You should also post instructions for turning off your propane, electricity, and water. (If you turn off your propane, contact a service technician to inspect your system before turning it back on.)

CLEAR 10 FEET OF SPACE

The area around your propane tank and propane grill should be clear of anything that is combustible or easily ignited, including leaves, brush, vegetation, and rags. More importantly, never store or use a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.

PLAN FOR COMMUNICATIONS

Keep a battery-powered radio handy, so you always have a way to receive updates . It’s also smart to charge up your smartphones, so you have an additional tool for communication in the case of a power outage.

INSPECT DAMAGE CAUTIOUSLY

If a wildfire causes harm to your property, be careful when you assess damage as downed power lines, damaged gas lines, and dislodged propane tanks can lead to dangerous situations. In the dark, use a flashlight instead of candles to avoid combustion in the case of a leak.

IF YOU SENSE DANGER, CALL THE EXPERTS

Your utility company, fire department, and propane supplier have expert training, and should handle any potentially dangerous situations with your home’s systems. Additionally, if a wildfire damages your property, it’s a good idea to have a qualified service technician perform a complete inspection of your propane system, to ensure no harmful damage was done.