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June 1st is the start of Hurricane Season in the US. Blossman Gas encourages its customers to prepare for hazardous conditions by assessing your home’s risk and developing emergency plans for protection against a potential storm.
Here are several important tips to ensure safety in the event of flooding or evacuation resulting from severe weather patterns.
Be Prepared Beforehand
- Maintain an adequate supply of propane in your tank. During and after a hurricane, propane and other types of fuel may not be readily available and roads leading to your home might not be accessible for delivery.
- Create an emergency plan and review it regularly with your family. This plan should include instructions for turning off your propane tank and indoor propane appliances.
- Have a disaster supply kit prepared. It should include clean water, non-perishable food, extra clothing and blankets, flashlights/batteries, and a battery-powered radio.
During A Hurricane
- Evacuate the area when necessary. Listen to your local authorities for instructions on the appropriate course of action to take with regards to evacuations.
- If it is determined that you should evacuate, shut off your tank. Turn off the gas supply valve in a clockwise direction at the tank. Keep in mind, propane tanks should NEVER be stored indoors.
After A Hurricane
- If an evacuation was ordered, wait until local authorities have announced it is safe to return.
- Call your local Blossman Gas branch to schedule an appointment with a technician if you have turned off your gas supply. You should also call if you smell propane, if your propane tank has shifted or moved, or if your tank regulator or propane appliances were exposed to water.
For more on guidelines regarding how to properly prepare your propane tank and appliances for a weather evacuation, go to: https://www.blossmangas.com/Propane-Benefits/Propane-Safety.