Severe weather can happen frequently here in Southwestern New York, with fronts passing overhead and hot, muggy weather setting off pop-up thunderstorms.
With that kind of severe weather possible, it’s critical to understand everything there is to know about propane safety so that you may safeguard your family and house in the event of bad weather hitting your town.
We’ve put together some important information and tips, so you are able to take care of things in the event of an electrical storm.
Pay attention for any propane leaks. When you notice a propane gas odor, it’s an indication that there is propane gas leaking. Small propane leaks, particularly in bad weather, can get worse and become more dangerous.
Be informed and prepared. Every adult in your household should know how to shut off the gas line at your propane tank. It must be done if you need to leave your house. Turning off the gas helps to prevent a dangerous leak that could ignite.
Be careful. When the storm arrives, seek shelter indoors and as far away as possible from electrical lines and conductive metals such as your propane tank. If you’re outdoors when a storm hits, keep away from locations beneath trees, poles, or other tall and conductive objects or buildings. Keep a listen for instructions from local authorities on whether or not to evacuate.
Inspect your property. If it is safe, go outside and look carefully for trees or large limbs that may have fallen. Keep an eye out for downed power lines that might harm your propane tank or put you and your family in danger.
Inspect propane appliances. Check for any damage, leaks, or other concerns. Avoid utilizing candles while inspecting your propane equipment since they might set off the gas if a leak has occurred.
Contact us if there’s a problem. Contact Rinker Oil and Propane immediately if you have any concerns about your propane tank, gas line, or propane appliances. Our experienced service technicians will carefully inspect and test everything to make sure all components are working safely. If you smell gas, follow propane safety best practices. Put out any sources of ignition like candles or cigarettes and get everyone, including pets, out of the house right away. Don’t use light switches or phones as you are leaving, as they can create a spark that could ignite the leaking gas.