Propane Safety and Hurricanes

Each year, hurricanes endanger the lives of thousands of people and cause extreme property damage. If your home uses propane, here are a few simple steps from propanesafety.com you can take to keep your family safe and avoid potential dangers. You can view the same information in Spanish here. Create an emergency preparedness plan and review it with everyone in your family. Post a list with contact information for your propane retailer and emergency services along with instructions for turning off propane, electricity, and water. In flood zone areas, make sure your large above-ground and underground propane tanks are anchored securely to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Have an adequate supply of propane in your tank. During and after a major hurricane, propane and other types of fuel may not be readily available and roads leading to your home or farm might not be accessible for delivery. Listen to your local authorities, or television and radio stations to determine if you need to evacuate your home or farm. If you do evacuate, use extreme caution when returning to your property. In the event that a hurricane threatens your safety, you should shut off the gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank, if it is safe to do so. Also, turn off the gas supply valves located near individual indoor appliances. After the hurricane passes, check the entire area for downed power lines, damaged gas lines, or damage to your propane tank. If it is dark, use flashlights, not candles. Immediately call your local utility company or propane retailer if any of these hazards exist. If you find...

Hurricane Preparedness Week

From the National Weather Service: History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. Furthermore, mariners should be aware of special safety precautions when confronted with a hurricane. Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide (PDF) or follow the links for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense. National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2012 runs from May 27th through June...

Propane Safety First! GAS Check

Launched in1985, GAS Check™ signified the beginning of an industry-wide effort to help reduce residential accidents involving propane. Developed by a team of industry volunteers, the revised GAS Check™ Inspection Program responds to changes in the propane industry and appliances. What is GAS Check? GAS Check is a completely voluntary set of guidelines for inspecting residential gas systems. This inspection guideline covers propane containers, regulators, appurtenances, gas supply lines and equipment visible and accessible to the person conducting the inspection and represents the conditions existing on the date of the inspection. Gas Appliance System Check (GAS Check™) is a voluntary inspection program developed by PERC together with the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) that provides guidelines to technicians on how to perform two important types of residential safety inspections: A “Gas System Check” of the gas delivery system, including containers, regulators, and appurtenances A “Gas Appliance System Check” of both the gas delivery system and all propane-burning appliances Our technicians have been performing GAS Check since 1985 on all new installations.  Ask your propane supplier if they have done the...

Propane Safety

Jose Santiago with Palm Beach Fire Rescue takes tips from Mr. Mac on propane safety issues. The cold weather didn’t stop this crew from learning how to safely shut down an LP gas bobtail in case of an emergency. All the fire boys were treated to a free BBQ tank fill up, compliments of Glades...