Your Tornado Propane Safety Guide
Here in Texas, mother nature often deals us some harsh blows with severe storms and tornadoes. These twisters can ravage communities and wreak havoc on our properties. While, some weather systems can be anticipated in advance, the reality is that tornadoes are often unpredictable and come with little or no warning.
If your home uses propane here are some simple safety precautions you can take to keep your family safe in the event of a tornado.
Be Prepared Before A Tornado Strikes
-You should always create and emergency plan and discuss it with everyone in your home. Post a list with contact information for your local Nelson Propane office and emergency services along with instructions for turning off propane, electricity, and water. If you do need to turn off your propane, contact a service technician to inspect your propane system prior to turning it back on.
-NEVER store or place a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.
-Propane gas detectors can provide an additional measure of security. Consider installing one or more and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding installation, location, and maintenance.
What To Do If A Tornado Is Approaching
-Staying informed is crucial. Keep up to date with local news and emergency response crews for instructions on the appropriate course of action to take. In the event that a tornado threatens your safety:
Go to the lowest level possible such as a basement or a storm cellar if you’re in house or building. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level.
If you are in a mobile home, trailer, or vehicle, get out immediately and seek shelter in a sturdy building or storm shelter.
After The Tornado Has Struck
-If your home or business was affected by high winds, heavy flooding, or other damaging conditions, make sure to reach out to us so we can evaluate your propane system and give you the all-clear before reusing it.
-If you find a propane tank on your property that is not yours, or if your propane tank has become dislodged or is missing, contact us as soon possible.
-Know the signs of a leak by detecting the rotten-eggs odorant added to propane, and report it immediately.
-Assess any obvious damage and give us a call so that we can service it as soon as possible.
Making preparations well in advance and implementing them when the need arises well help you and your family stay safe during tornado season. If you have more safety-related questions or want to know about our propane tank and services, give us a call at 800-234-9052