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Propane Hurricane Preparation Tips

Are You Ready? Road Sign in Relation to Hurricane SeasonAs we enter a new hurricane season, Blossman Gas has several important tips for home propane users to ensure safety in the event of flooding or evacuation resulting from severe weather patterns.

Be Prepared:

  • Create an emergency preparedness plan and review with everyone living in your home – this plan should include instructions for turning off propane
  • Pack a disaster supply kit including clean water, non-perishable food, extra clothing and blankets, flashlights/batteries, and a battery-powered radio
  • Be sure there is an adequate supply of fuel in your main tank
  • Consider a propane backup generator and be sure it is adequately filled

When severe weather is imminent:

  • Properly secure propane tanks, if safe to do so
  • Turn off the gas supply valve in a clockwise direction at the tank
  • Turn off the appliance pilot lights, control valves, and manual shut-off valves
  • Remember that propane tanks should NEVER be stored indoors
  • Never use outdoor propane appliances or generators indoors or in an enclosed space

Call your propane service provider if:

  • You smell propane gas
  • The propane tank has shifted or moved
  • The tank regulator was exposed to water
  • The gas lines have pulled away from the tank or if the lines are damaged, bent or broken
  • Propane appliances or controls were exposed to water

Should you and your family evacuate, shut off your propane tank by turning the gas supply valve in a clockwise direction. Once the evacuation is complete, call your local propane provider to get your gas reestablished safely.

For more on guidelines regarding how to properly prepare your propane tank and appliances for a weather evacuation, go to:

https://www.ready.gov/hurricane-toolkit

http://www.blossmangas.com/Propane-Benefits/Propane-Safety

https://www.propane.com/uploadedFiles/PropaneMain/Propane/Residential/Safety/Hurricane_Safety_Instructions/propane-safety-and-hurricanes.pdf

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