Four Propane Safety Tips for Power Outages

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Prepare Your family and Home for an Unexpected Power Outage

Power outages due to a weather-related event can have large effects on your home depending on the situation. Whether during snowstorms, thunderstorms, extreme heat, or just unexpected times, it is important to be prepared and know how to deal with your propane system and appliances. Check out these propane safety tips for power outages to ensure you and your home are prepared:

  1. Consider installing UL-listed propane gas detectors and carbon monoxide detectors

By installing UL-listed propane gas detectors, you will be provided with extra security during the unlikely event that leak occurs during an outage.

  1. Use extreme caution when operating portable generators

Propane powered generators are a major aid during a power outage. Many people use them to keep food from spoiling and to power life-supporting medical devices. When using a portable generator, it is important to remember to never use a portable generator indoors or in an enclosed area such as a garage or basement.

  1. If severe weather-related conditions cause the power outage, it is important to use caution in the area surrounding your home

If it is safe to do so, check the entire area surrounding your home for damage caused by downed powerlines, damaged gas lines, or damaged propane tanks. Immediately contact DLE if you suspect any of these hazards exist.

  1. If it is safe to do so, inspect your propane appliances for water or other damage

A power outage can cause appliances like refrigerators or freezers to leak water, causing appliances to get wet. This can be dangerous because electric components exposed to water can create a fire hazard. Do not turn on the lights or operate appliances while standing in water as this could lead to electrocution. Never use your appliances or turn on your gas supply before having a service technician inspect the gas line.

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To learn more about how propane can help during a power outage, visit our blog post Don’t Be Left In The Dark During Power Outages

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