Propane Safety: What to Do Before a Storm

Propane Safety: What to Do Before a Storm

Be prepared before, during, and after inclement weather

propane storm safety new jerseyIf you heat your southern New Jersey home with propane gas, you probably had a pretty cozy winter. Propane burns efficiently and effectively, and since it isn’t reliant on the power grid, you don’t have to worry about losing your heat or hot water if the power goes out.

Even so, having a propane tank on your property means that you need to take extra precautions when there’s inclement weather. At Woodruff Energy, we know a thing or two about getting your home propane system ready for hazardous conditions. Here are four steps you can take to keep your system, home and family safe when a heavy storm arrives.

Don’t get caught with an empty tank

The last thing you want when a storm rolls in is a low propane tank. Make sure your levels are sufficient to keep your home warm and your appliances firing.

Woodruff Energy offers customers automatic fuel delivery at no extra charge. We’ll track your fuel level, so you don’t have to monitor your tank constantly. Using your prior usage and current weather, we can schedule deliveries when we estimate that your tank is low.

Even better, you can invest in a wireless propane tank monitor. Then, you can track your levels in real-time using a smartphone app!

Confirm your essential equipment

To help our team, utility workers and yourself, please reacquaint yourself with the location of your tank, regulators, meter, piping and supply valves before the storm hits. Knowing exactly where your vital equipment is will make repairs go much more smoothly.

Make sure everyone knows the plan

First, here’s some good news. The liquid propane in your tank is non-toxic and harmless to soil and water. Even if your tank has a leak, your property won’t be endangered.

Even so, you and your family need to practice caution. Talk to them in advance about how to respond if there is a propane leak. It’s a good idea to post critical safety information prominently:

  • contact info for emergency services
  • contact info for your local propane supplier
  • instructions on how to turn off your propane system

Also, make sure that you have decent communication options for your home if the power goes out. This means having a battery-powered radio and ensuring everyone’s phone is charged.

Be smart when checking out the area

After a winter storm, you should carefully look for safety hazards on your property like downed power lines, damaged gas lines or dislodged propane tanks. If there are hazardous conditions, don’t try to fix them yourself. Contact the appropriate professional from your local utility company, fire department or propane supplier.

Are you looking for a propane company that truly values your household’s comfort and safety? Contact Woodruff Energy today to become a customer!