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Propane Safety Tips For Severe Storms

Posted: July 18, 2022

Keep your loved ones and home safe

storm safety massachusettsWhether it’s a front passing through, a coastal storm, hurricane or pop-up storms from summer heat, Central Massachusetts is vulnerable to severe weather this time of year.

It’s important to know all there is to know about propane safety so you can protect your family and home when severe weather hits our area. 

We’ve gathered some essential information and suggestions so that you may handle things if there is a bad storm.

Before a storm

Pay attention to propane leaks. If you smell the distinct rotten-egg odor of propane, it’s an indicator of a propane leak. Small propane leaks, particularly in inclement weather, can become worse and more dangerous.

Be informed and prepared. Every adult member of your family should know how to shut off the gas main at your propane tank. It must be done if you need to evacuate your home. Shutting off the gas avoids any damaged tanks from leaks which can ignite.

During a storm

Be careful. When the storm arrives, take shelter inside and as far away as possible from electrical wires and conductive metals like your propane tank. If you’re outdoors and a storm strikes, stay away from trees, poles, and other tall, conductive objects or structures. Pay attention for instructions from local authorities on safety alerts and possible evacuations.

After a storm

Inspect your property. If possible, go outside and look for trees or large branches that have fallen. Keep an eye out for downed electrical lines, which may harm your propane tank and put you and your family in risk.

Inspect propane appliances. Examine your propane appliances for any damage, leaks, or other concerns. You don’t want to use candles when inspecting your propane appliances because they might cause a leak and set off the gas.

Contact us if there’s a problem. If you see something worrisome with your propane tank, gas line, or propane equipment, get in touch with us right away. We will inspect and test all components to guarantee that they are functioning safely. If you detect gas, follow propane safety best practices and get everyone out right away (put out potential ignition sources like candles or cigarettes and don’t use any light switches or phones on your way out), then call 911 and Pioneer Oil and Propane.

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