June 1 marks the start of hurricane season. And while most of Virginia is safe from the wrath of these storm surges and flooding, the high wind speeds, lightening strikes still pose a huge threat to homes. Keep these key hurricane safety tips in mind in order to keep your family safe and sound this season.
BEFORE THE HURRICANE:
Check your propane levels before the hurricane nears your area. It is likely that service will be down or extremely limited after a storm, and knowing you have a full or near full tank beforehand will give you peace of mind.
In flood zone areas, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) requires that large above-ground and underground propane tanks be anchored securely to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Contact Revere Gas for more information. NEVER store or place a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.
Propane has a strong, unpleasant smell like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal. You need to be sure that your family knows the smell of propane so that you can quickly shut off your supply if necessary. Installing a carbon monoxide (CO) detector in multiple parts of your home can also help determine if a leak has occurred.
Turn off your gas! Whether you are evacuating or staying home, shutting off your gas could save you from future catastrophe, loss of life, and untold bills and monetary cost. Remember to turn off the gas supply valves located near individual indoor appliances as well.
If your gas comes from a metered pipe system, consult your propane retailer on how to shut off the gas.
If you had previously evacuated, use caution when returning to your home or farm. If you have any doubts about your safety, leave the area immediately and have your property inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before re-entering.
High winds and flood waters can dislodge and relocate large propane tanks. If you find a propane tank on your property that is not yours, or if your propane tank has become dislodged or is missing, contact your propane retailer or your local fire department immediately.
If anything seems amiss even after the weather has returned to normal, call Revere Gas to have your tank or appliances inspected.