Storm Safety Tips
PROTECT YOUR PROPANE SYSTEM IF THE WEATHER TURNS
BAD. Before, during, or after severe weather,
you may need to take specific action to ensure the
continued safe operation of your propane system.
WATER CAN DAMAGE YOUR
PROPANE SYSTEM. If flooding is predicted
for your area, turn off the gas valve at the
cylinder or tank BEFORE the water rises. Do not turn
the gas back on until the gas system and all
appliances have been checked by a qualified service
technician. AFTER A FLOOD, contact a qualified
service technician to check your propane system and
appliances. A qualified service technician will
likely have to do some or all of the following:
Replace the regulator and/or
pressure relief valves if there are signs of
water, dirt, debris, or corrosion.
Replace the automatic controls
and appliance regulators on any gas appliances
that have been under water.
Inspect and (if necessary)
replace manual shut-off valves in gas piping,
and perform tank testing of the system.
Clean appliance main and pilot
burners and replace pilot orifices.
CLEAR THE SNOW.
You should clear heavy snow and ice from regulators,
regulator vents, piping, tubing, and valves. Failure
to do so can cause damage that could result in a gas
leak. Appliance vents, chimneys, and flues also must
be kept clear of snow and ice so appliances can vent
properly. This is especially critical on the roofs
of mobile homes. Clear snow carefully. Use a broom
rather than a shovel to avoid damaging any
components. Also, clear the walkway and tank area so
that propane-company personnel have ready access to
WHAT IF SOMETHING DOESN'T
LOOK RIGHT AFTER A STORM? If your tank
has shifted position; gas lines are bent, broken, or
damaged; or you see something else unusual about
your system or appliance, turn off the main gas
supply valve on your propane tank, if it is safe to
do so. Then contact your propane retailer or a
qualified service technician.