Propane Safety Tips When Thunderstorms Occur
Know what to do to protect your home and family
While summer is beautiful here in New England, we can also deal with some wicked thunderstorms. And that wild weather can still happen into the fall.
That’s why the propane professionals at Frank Lamparelli want you, our neighbors and customers, to know the importance of being prepared for thunderstorms if you use propane equipment in your Massachusetts home.
We have some tips for you to help keep your home and family safe when an electrical storm is in the local weather forecast.
Before the storm
Pay close attention for propane leaks: If you have a small propane leak, it could be made worse if your propane tank is damaged in a thunderstorm. If your family doesn’t know about the rotten-egg smell of propane or what to do if they smell it, now is the time to teach them.
Know what to do in an emergency: All of the adults in your home need to know how to shut off the gas main at your propane tank. This is something that needs to be done if you evacuate your home. Shutting off the gas main prevents damaged tanks from creating dangerous leaks that could ignite.
During the storm
Be careful and smart: Stay indoors and as far away from power lines and conductive metal objects like your propane tank while the storm is happening. Metal objects and structures can be very dangerous during an electrical storm. If you’re outdoors when a storm occurs, don’t go under trees, poles or other tall and conductive objects or structures. Also, keep an eye and ear out for instructions from local authorities on possible evacuations.
After the storm
Check your property: As soon as it’s safe to do so, go around your property and look for downed trees, fallen tree limbs or downed power lines that may damage your propane tank, gas line or put the safety of your home and family at risk in other ways.
Check your propane appliances: Inspect them closely for any damage or malfunctions. Just a reminder — do NOT use candles when checking your propane equipment. A lit candle could ignite propane in the event of a leak.
Get in touch if there’s a problem: Call Frank Lamparelli IMMEDIATELY if you suspect that your propane tank or gas line is damaged. Our technicians will carefully inspect and test your propane and equipment to ensure that everything is working safely and properly. And, if you smell propane gas, follow these propane safety instructions RIGHT AWAY.
Want to know more about propane safety? We’re here for you. Contact the propane specialists at Frank Lamparelli to find out more!