Preparing Your Propane-Powered Home in the Event of a Wildfire Threat
Before, during, and after a wildfire, there are a few key things to consider to keep you, your family and your home as safe as possible.
If you live in an area that’s at risk of wildfires, make sure you’re prepared for the unexpected. Follow the tips below and contact your local propane supplier if your propane system ever gets damaged.
CREATE AN EMERGENCY PLAN
Work with your family to create a plan in the event of a wildfire. As part of this effort, make sure to post contact information for emergency services and utility companies—including your local propane supplier. You should also post instructions for turning off your propane, electricity, and water. (If you turn off your propane, contact a service technician to inspect your system before turning it back on.)
CLEAR 10 FEET OF SPACE
The area around your propane tank and propane grill should be clear of anything that is combustible or easily ignited, including leaves, brush, vegetation, and rags. More importantly, never store or use a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.
PLAN FOR COMMUNICATIONS
Keep a battery-powered radio handy, so you always have a way to receive updates. It’s also smart to charge up your smartphones, so you have an additional tool for communication in the case of a power outage.
INSPECT DAMAGE CAUTIOUSLY
If a wildfire causes harm to your property, be careful when you assess damage as downed power lines, damaged gas lines, and dislodged propane tanks can lead to dangerous situations. In the dark, use a flashlight instead of candles to avoid combustion in the case of a leak.
IF YOU SENSE DANGER, CALL THE EXPERTS
Your utility company, fire department, and propane supplier have expert training, and should handle any potentially dangerous situations with your home’s systems. Additionally, if a wildfire damages your property, it’s a good idea to have a qualified service technician perform a complete inspection of your propane system, to ensure no harmful damage was done.
Courtesy of Propane Education & Research Council
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