Propane Safety Tips For Thunderstorms

A propane generator helps you stay safe and comfortable in stormy weather

propane safety tips pennsylvaniaSummer weather can get pretty intense here in the Delmarva region.

Heat and humidity can bring about some fierce thunderstorms. And then there are the hurricanes, and we’re right in the middle of one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons in history, with a prediction of 25 named storms this year. For reference, the average Atlantic hurricane season produces 12 named storms.

Like we just saw with Hurricane Isaias, wicked summer weather can lead to power outages in your home, making your home uncomfortable and possibly unsafe. That’s why so many of your neighbors are investing in propane whole-house backup generators. And they know they can count on Poore’s Propane to deliver the propane their generator needs to keep their house powered.

If you use propane in your home, there are some important things to know and do in bad weather. We’ve put together a guide:

Before the storm

Pay attention for any propane leaks. Propane gas has a distinctive rotten-egg smell. Small propane leaks can be made worse, and more dangerous, in storms.

Be informed and prepared. All the adults in your home need to know how to shut off the gas main at your propane tank. It has to be done if you evacuate your home. Shutting off the gas main prevents damaged tanks from creating dangerous leaks that could ignite. Make sure all phones are charged so you can stay connected with local authorities and loved ones in the event of a power outage.

During the storm

Be careful. Stay indoors and as far away from power lines and conductive metal objects like your propane tank while the storm is happening. Metal objects and structures can be dangerous during an electrical storm. Pay attention for instructions from local authorities on possible evacuations.

When the storm is over

Do an inspection. When it’s safe to go outdoors, head out and look for downed trees, fallen tree limbs, or downed power lines that may have caused damage to your propane tank or gas line, or endanger your home and family in other ways.

Carefully check propane appliances. Look them over closely and thoroughly for any damage or malfunctions. DO NOT use candles when checking any propane equipment or appliances in the event of a post-storm power outage. A lit candle could ignite propane in the event of a leak.

Put safety first. If you smell gas, follow propane safety guidelines right away. Regardless of whether you smell gas, contact Poore’s Propane IMMEDIATELY you suspect that your propane tank or gas line is damaged. Our technicians will carefully inspect and test your propane and equipment to ensure that everything is working safely and properly.

Investing in a propane whole-house backup generator is a smart move. Making sure Poore’s Propane has you filled up and ready to go when you need it most is even smarter! Become a customer today and experience the Poore’s difference.