Propane Safety During Storm Season
Summer is the season for family grill-outs, nights at the ballpark and road trips. In Kentucky, it’s also the peak season for thunderstorms, tornados and severe weather. At Greenwell’s Propane, we’re always concerned about our customers’ safety. So we’d like to remind you that when you’re making a disaster preparedness plan, don’t forget about propane safety.
A severe storm can produce very strong winds, which could tip over smaller, refillable propane tanks. It can fling debris at high speeds, which could damage valves and other vulnerable areas on your large propane tank. Hail and high winds can also move or damage gas lines, tanks and equipment. Tanks which are low on gas can even float away in the event of flooding.
Be sure you and everyone in your family knows how to turn off the gas to all your appliances or to your home. Make sure any small refillable propane tanks are stored in a safe place. We never recommend storing tanks in your home or garage.
If you lose power, remember never to use a propane-fueled generator in an enclosed space, like a basement, garage, shed or tent. And don’t use your propane grill to cook indoors – the risk of fire is too great.
If you suspect your tank or any of your propane appliances have been damaged, get them inspected by a professional. At Greenwell’s Propane, we have the training to do this safely. Just give us a call, and we’ll send someone out to take a look. We hope this is advice you never need, but when it comes to severe weather, it’s best to be prepared.