Propane flood safety
Severe weather here in the Hudson Valley – especially in the late winter and early spring – can lead to dangerous flooding that can damage your home and affect your propane systems. But with a little preparation, you can avoid many of the dangers that flooding can bring.
Here are some guidelines to safely prepare for and respond to floods.
Before a flood
If you live in a low-lying or flood prone area, take the following precautions if your property is at risk:
- If you have an aboveground propane tank, do not install it at the lowest point of your property, or in an area prone to high water.
- Use anchor cables to secure aboveground tanks to a solid foundation such as a concrete pad or blocks.
- Always protect the regulator vent.
- Fill your propane tank when severe weather is forecast.
- Keep a picture of your propane tank manufacturer’s nameplate in case the propane tank is loosened from its moorings during the flood.
- If you need to close the propane tank service valve, turn it clockwise; just remember that any disruption in propane service requires a pressure-test by licensed propane professionals before propane appliances can be used again.
After a flood
If it is safe to do so on your property,
- Look for visible structural damage to your propane equipment and tank.
- Do not relight pilot lights for equipment; instead, shut off the service valve at the propane tank and contact us immediately.
- Damage to propane regulators and controls is a significant problem when flooding occurs; pay particular attention to this area of your propane tank.
- Water damage to propane equipment and appliances is not always easy to detect; for this reason, we recommend a complete inspection for your entire propane system if it is affected by flood.
For more information on flood safety and preparedness, see this Ready.gov link.
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