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Propane Safety and Hurricanes

Posted: September 4, 2019

Long-time North Carolina residents have a lot of experience getting ready for damaging storms, but it never hurts to do a quick safety review. Here are some reminders.

  • Create an emergency preparedness plan and review it with your family. Your list should include instructions on how to turn off your propane and water supply.
  • Make sure your aboveground propane tanks are anchored securely.
  • Ensure you have an adequate supply of propane in your tank, including enough to power your generator. After a major hurricane, propane (and other fuels) may not be readily available and roads may be inaccessible.
  • Never turn on a light switch, use any power source, or inspect your household appliances while standing in water! This avoids the risk of electrocution.
  • Never use outdoor propane appliances indoors or in enclosed areas. This avoids the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • After the hurricane passes, carefully check your property for downed power lines, damaged gas lines or damage to your propane tank and appliances. Contact your propane company to report any damage.

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