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Safety Tips For Severe Weather

Posted: August 17, 2020

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Stories of intense weather seem to be everywhere these days, with tropical storm damage, local flooding, and even “derechos” making their way into headlines in Massachusetts and throughout the country.

The key to protecting your family in a propane-powered home during severe and unpredictable weather is to plan ahead! Here are some suggestions for how to do that.

  1. Draft an emergency preparedness plan with your family – for tips on how to do write one, see the ready.gov website. Don’t forget your pets, either.
  2. If severe weather is forecast,
    • Make sure you have enough propane gas to last for at least a week after the storm ends in case there are road closures
    • Listen to your local authorities for instructions regarding local safety and evacuations
  3. If you think that any of your propane appliances have been damaged by weather or flooding, have them tested by a professional before attempting to use them. And always remember: If you shut down your gas supply, even temporarily, the law requires you to contact a licensed professional to restart you system.
  4. To keep food from spoiling, keep on hand:
    • Styrofoam coolers for temporary food storage
    • Ice or dry ice
    • A digital thermometer to check the internal temperatures of food to ensure they are cold enough to use safely

    You can also consider installing a propane stand-by generator (see #7 below) to keep power coming to your refrigerator and freezer.

  5. NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is a great source for storm tracking and weather updates:
  6. Keep at least a half tank of gas in your car for emergency errands, and keep more on hand in gasoline-safe containers; gas supply may be limited during an outage.
  7. Consider investing in a propane-powered whole house generator. Make sure that:
    • It is large enough to power your intended appliances
    • You know how to operate it safely
    • You run it throughout the year to keep parts lubricated and to ensure it is in working order
    • You have enough propane to run it for at least a week

When severe weather is forecast, be sure you have enough propane for at least a week in the event of an outage – if you don’t, schedule a propane delivery. And don’t forget: if your propane-powered system is shut down for any reason – including a power outage – you must, by law, have it turned back on by a licensed professional! Contact Pioneer Oil & Propane today for details.