Propane Safety Tips in Storms

Written on: November 5, 2020

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Know how to protect your home and family

Whatever the time of year, we can get some wicked weather here in south Texas, southeastern New Mexico and Louisiana’s Gulf Coast region.

Pico Propane & Fuels is committed to making sure our customers know about propane safety, including what to do in bad weather to take care of your loved ones and your home.

With this guide, you can be prepared before, during and after any storm that passes through.

Before a storm

Pay attention to any propane leaks. You’ll know a propane leak by the rotten-egg smell of propane gas. Small propane leaks can be made worse, and more dangerous, in storms.

Be informed and ready. Every adult in your home must know how to shut off the gas main at your propane tank. You have to do this in the event that you evacuate your home. Shutting off the gas main prevents damaged tanks from creating dangerous leaks that could ignite.

During a storm

Be calm and careful. If you’re at home when a storm arrives, stay indoors and keep away from power lines and conductive metal objects like the propane tank. If you’re outdoors, keep away from trees, poles, or other tall and conductive objects or structures. And wherever you are, be alert for information and instructions from local authorities on possible evacuations and other issues.

After a storm

Take a good look around. When it is safe to do so, go outside, but be aware of your surroundings at all times and be careful where you walk. Look for downed trees, tree limbs and power lines. All of these can damage your propane tank or gas line, and can be dangerous in other ways.

Carefully check your propane appliances. Inspect them closely, looking for damage or malfunctions. DO NOT use candles when checking any propane equipment, as lit candles can ignite propane if there’s a leak.

See a problem? Contact us! If you suspect that your propane tank or gas line is damaged, contact Pico Propane & Fuels RIGHT AWAY so that we can check it out. And if you smell gas, follow propane safety best practices IMMEDIATELY.

Have questions about propane safety? Get in touch with us. We’re glad to help!