Useful Tips to Keep Your Family and Propane System Safe During a Thunderstorm
Thunderstorms can pose a serious threat to your family and your property – over 100,000 thunderstorms occur across the U.S. each year. Here are a few steps you can take to keep your loved ones safe and avoid potential dangers.
- Create an emergency preparedness plan and go over it with your family – Post a list of all emergency contact information, including your local DLE emergency phone number, along with instructions on how to turn off electricity, propane, and water.
- Consider installing a carbon monoxide and/or a propane gas detector – This will give an extra layer of protection if a thunderstorm causes a leak in your system. Always make sure to follow manufacturer directions on installation and upkeep of this equipment.
- If you are outside and hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning – Get to a safe shelter immediately and away from any equipment that may conduct electricity. Equipment like your propane tank, metal awnings, tractors, or telephone lines can all be conductors.
- After the storm passes and it’s safe to do so, check the area for downed power lines, damaged gas lines, or damage to your propane tank. If you find hazards exist, immediately call your DLE representatives and someone will come out to assist with repairs. NEVER attempt to repair damages yourself!
- Never use propane appliances indoors or in enclosed areas, especially during a power outage – This can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Items you should never use indoors include, your propane barbecue, portable heaters, or portable generators. Only use those appliances which have been certified for indoor use.
- Check your propane appliances for damage (if it is safe to do so) and call your local DLE office to schedule a technician to come out. We will take care of any necessary repairs to your tank or equipment.
Finally, always use sound judgement. Keeping your composure during thunderstorms or any other severe weather event will ensure you don’t take unnecessary risks or pose any additional dangers to your family or home. Stay calm, use radios or cell phones to stay connected and informed, and always use your DLE representatives as resources should questions or concerns arise.