At Jennings Oil & Propane, we care about the safety of our customers. Severe thunderstorms are an unfortunate part of the summer season. When extreme weather threatens, you want to do everything you can to prioritize the safety of everyone in your Connecticut household. Here are some important things you should know about thunderstorms and propane safety.
Once there’s a storm in the forecast, you don’t need to panic, but it is time to act. Here’s what to do before, during, and after a thunderstorm:
Look for leaks. This is a good habit to have even when there’s no storm in the forecast. But especially before a storm hits, check for propane leaks. Even a small leak can lead to big problems. Now is also a good time to make sure everyone in your household knows how to identify a leak and what to do in the event of a leak.
Find your gas main. Every homeowner should know where their gas main is and know how to turn it off. If you need to evacuate your home because of a storm, you should turn off the gas main before leaving. A tank that’s damaged during a storm and begins to leak could cause a fire if the gas main is left on.
Stay away. Whenever there’s a storm, be mindful of and keep your distance from power lines and anything that is a conductor. That includes your propane tank!
Stay alert. Remain informed and follow all instructions from local emergency personnel and community leaders providing safety updates.
Remain observant. After the storm has passed and it’s safe to go outside, look for fallen trees and downed power lines that might affect your property. Make sure your propane tank and gas line are intact.
Inspect your appliances. Examine your appliances. Look for visible damage and run each appliance to make sure it’s working properly. If any of your propane appliances need to be repaired or replaced, the pros at Jennings Oil & Propane can help.
No candles! Even if the electricity is out, do not burn candles when you’re inspecting your propane appliances or your propane tank. You could start a fire!
You can stay safe and get comfortable with Jennings Oil & Propane. We are a top-rated company with over 80 years of experience providing excellent service to our customers in parts of Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven counties in Connecticut.