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Propane Safety Tips for Hurricanes

Here are some important guidelines to keep your family safe before, during, and after hurricanes and/or extreme wind conditions.

Preparing for the Storm:

  • Have 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 or farm may be inaccessible.
  • Know how and where to shut off the outdoor propane supply and indoor propane appliances. If you have any questions, please contact us.

During the Storm:

  • Listen to your local authorities, or television and radio stations, for instructions on the appropriate course of action to take.

After the Storm:

  • Floods and high winds that accompany hurricanes can damage your propane equipment. A large propane tank may become dislodged from its service line and water and debris can find their way inside regulators and controls, causing potential safety issues.
  • Look carefully around the entire area. Check for downed power lines; they can create major safety hazards. High winds and floods can move, shift, or damage gas lines and tanks. Immediately call your local utility company or contact us if any of these hazards exist.
  • Do not, under any circumstance, try to modify or repair valves, regulators, or other appliance parts.

If you suspect any of your propane appliances or equipment have suffered water damage, or if you have turned off your gas supply, please call us to schedule a time for a John Ray & Sons service technician to perform a complete inspection. We will also perform a leak test on the system and re-light your pilot lights.

For your safety, please do not use or operate appliances or equipment, or turn on the gas supply until your system has been inspected.

Excerpted from the Propane Education & Research Council.

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