How to Prepare for a Hurricane if You Use Propane
It’s hurricane season folks, and after a destructive 2017 season, it’s imperative to prepare your home or business for the future.
If you use propane to power your home, there are many ways in which you can take care and handle appliances safely when that hurricane warning is announced on the weather forecast.
Here are our top tips to get you buckling down on the best ways to handle propane during a hurricane.
When a hurricane strikes, flooding can be highly destructive. Take the time to research your area and note down the flood zones. Do you live in a flood zone? If so, you’ll need to prep your propane tanks. Whether they are above ground or underground, make sure they are anchored securely to avoid any potentially dangerous situations.
If a hurricane is being tracked and it’s coming towards your area, it’s time to stock up. We don’t just mean stock up on water, petrol and food! Make sure your propane tanks are filled up and stored safely. Often times, after a hurricane it can be difficult to find supplies. Depending on damages, roads can be closed, gas stations are crowded and supplies are low.
Follow the advice of the professionals
Watch the news closely. If the local authorities call for an evacuation, you want to make sure your house is secure. You’ll have to turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank- but only if it is safe to do so. When you return home after the storm, if you feel like something is off or you smell gas, get out and call your gas supplier pronto.
Create an emergency plan
It’s always a good idea to have emergency information handy in case of any unpredictable situations. Write down the contact information of your propane supplier and the fire department. Also, write down how to shut off the gas, water and electricity. If you end up shutting off your propane in the event of a hurricane, have a technician come by after the storm to inspect and turn the system back on.