Summer can produce some nail-biting thunderstorms here in the Northeast, although these awesome displays of nature can linger into the fall. When they do occur, it’s important to be prepared if you use propane equipment in your Massachusetts home.
Keep these tips in mind to keep your family safe when an electrical storm is forecast.
Pay extra attention for propane leaks – A small propane leak could worsen if your propane tank is damaged during a thunderstorm. Make sure your family knows the rotten-egg smell of propane, and what to do if they detect it. We also urge you to install propane detectors in your MA home, which can detect a propane leak even in the absence of its skunky odor.
Know how to handle an emergency – Make sure all adults living in the house know how to shut the gas main off at your propane tank, and be sure to do this if you choose to evacuate your home. This will prevent damaged tanks from creating dangerous leaks that could ignite when you’re not around.
Anchor your tank – Make sure your aboveground propane tank is securely anchored to your property, particularly if you live in a flood- or storm surge-prone area.
During a thunderstorm
Be smart! – Stay indoors, as far away as possible from power lines and conductive metal objects (including your propane tank); metal structures can be extremely dangerous during an electrical storm. Avoid being under trees, poles, and other tall, conductive structures. Always listen to authorities for instructions on possible evacuations.
Survey your property – Look for downed trees, tree limbs, and power lines that could potentially damage your propane tank or put your safety at risk. Once the storm has passed, check all your propane appliances for damage or improper function. If your power is out, do NOT use candles to examine your equipment – this could ignite propane if there is a leak.
Contact us if you suspect a problem – If you think your propane tank or gas line could be damaged, call us immediately. Our technicians will inspect and test your propane and equipment to make sure it is working safely and correctly. If you smell a propane gas leak, follow these instructions immediately.