How to Prepare Your Home and Business for a Hurricane

Posted by Bryn S

Severe Weather Warning 

It’s that time of year again – Hurricane Season. We here at AmeriGas want to help you best prepare for these severe weather conditions.

With Hurricane Matthew about to make landfall in the U.S., many Americans are taking precautionary steps to protect their homes and businesses. In a previous blog, we discussed seven simple steps that you can take to prepare yourself for future hurricanes, but as a propane user, what specific steps can you take before, during and after a hurricane? 

BEFORE:

• Make sure your propane tank is adequately full, as some other types of fuel may not be readily available following the bad weather conditions
• In areas that are susceptible to flooding, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) requires that large propane tanks (above ground and below ground) are securely anchored down. AmeriGas customers should contact their local districts to learn more about available tank anchoring options
• DO NOT store propane tanks indoors or in enclosed areas - this includes basements and sheds
• Install carbon monoxide and propane gas detectors on every floor in your home or business to detect any possible leaks
• Learn what propane smells like and how to appropriately shut-off propane supplies
• Create a detailed check list of what electric, propane and water supplies need to be shut off in case of an emergency

DURING:

• Shut off the gas! For smaller tank users, turn the knob to the right (clockwise) to close the valve. If you have a metered pipe systems, check with your local district to learn how to properly shut off the gas

AFTER:

• Use precautionary measures when inspecting areas following a hurricane. Large tanks can come dislodged, gas lines can shift and water/debris can get lodged in controls
• Inspect the entire area surrounding you – down power lines pose as huge safety risk and may lead to greater concerns
• When inspecting an area that has little light exposure, be sure to use flashlights and NOT candles
• If you suspect that your propane tank has been damaged or under water, please schedule a qualified inspection immediately
• During flooding, if there is a propane tank that has shifted on to your property, be sure to reach out to your local fire department

At AmeriGas safety is our highest priority, so never hesitate to reach out to your local office for more information on how they can help you prepare for a hurricane.

For more information on how to best prepare for a hurricane visit:

Propane Safety Hurricane Brochure
Ready.gov

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