5 Flood and power outage safety tips for propane users
With rain, snow, and heavy winds in the forecast, knowing the proper preparation and recovery steps for possible power outages and flooding can help protect your family and property.
Here are a few recommendations from the Propane Gas Association of New England:
Look for visible structural damage. If you smell gas, be sure to extinguish all smoking materials and open flames, exit the building, and call 911 immediately. Do not operate electrical switches, appliances, telephones, or cell phones because these can cause a spark that can ignite an explosion.
If your propane equipment has been impacted by water, shut off the service valve at the propane tank. Call us to have the system and equipment and/or appliances checked. After a thorough evaluation and repair, we will turn on your gas supply.
If there is a power outage and you are using a portable generator (fueled by gas, diesel, or propane), do not operate it in an enclosed area such as your basement, shed, garage, or tent. This can result in CO poisoning.
Please call us if your propane-powered appliances, equipment, or vehicles with controls and regulators have been submerged under water for any amount of time. We will arrange to inspect your equipment and replace or repair before we put them back into service. NOTE: Water damage to propane equipment is not always readily apparent.
Remember, never store your propane tanks indoors.
If you have any questions, please call 518-272-4432 to arrange for one of our qualified technicans to do a complete inspection.