Wildfire Safety – Tips for a Year-Round Threat

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Important Propane Tips to Know Before, During, and After a Wildfire

Wildfires are becoming a year-round occurrence in California. When one strikes it can plow through vegetation and buildings in seconds, destroying everything in its path. Not only are the flames and intense heat a concern – fallen debris, trees, or powerlines can cause problems for home owners and emergency responders. Here are few wildfire safety tips to keep you and your family safe from this year-round threat: 

Things to Know & Do BEFORE a Wildfire- Safety Tips

  • KNOW what propane smells like. Propane has a distinct odor similar to a skunk’s spray, rotten eggs, or a dead animal.
  • KNOW how to turn your propane off. Add more info about indoor appliances and outdoor tank
  • DO clear at least a 10-foot radius around your propane tank and gas grill; ensure the area clear of debris, dead vegetation, rags, or any other combustible items.
  • DO make sure any propane cylinders are at least 10 feet away from any structures
  • DO make an emergency preparedness kit including: a list of instructions on how to turn off your electricity, propane, and water, contact numbers, clothing, blankets, flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food items and several days’ worth of water.
  • DO have an adequate supply of propane in your tank as fuel may not be readily available and roads to your home may be blocked.

Things to Consider DURING a Wildfire- Safety Tips

  • Should you choose to stay as a wildfire approaches, you could be in danger. Keep up with what local authorities are saying by staying tuned into your local TV or radio stations.
  • NEVER use outdoor propane appliances indoors. These include outdoor heaters, barbecue grills, and portable generators.
  • NEVER use a propane stove top or oven as a heat source.
  • NEVER store propane cylinders in enclosed areas like garages, basements, sheds, or tents.

Things to Remember AFTER a Wildfire- Safety Tips

  • USE CAUTION when returning home. Do not enter any buildings unless it is safe to do so.
  • INSPECT your property, looking for downed power lines or other potentially dangerous debris.
  • INSPECT your propane tank, appliances, chimney, and vents. Call Delta Liquid Energy if you find any damage.
  • DO schedule a time for one of our service technicians to come to your home and complete a full inspection. DO NOT try to modify or repair any valves, regulators, or other appliance parts. DO NOT attempt to turn your propane supply back on by yourself. Call your local DLE office and a trained service technician will assist you.

Additional Resources:

Wildfire Tips From the Propane Education and Research Council

For more information on wild fire safety and propane use visit our blog post Wild Fire and Propane Safety

To learn more about how to prepare your home for fire season visit our blog post How To Prepare Your Home For Fire Season