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Propane Safety during Floods, Blizzards, and Fires

Propane Safety during Floods, Blizzards, and Fires

The one thing you can always count on is Michigan weather being unpredictable. Just this year, we had snow still falling in April! As more states experience floods, wildfires, hurricanes, and other extreme weather, we want to help our customers make propane safety a priority. Continue reading to learn what precautions you should take to protect your propane gas tank in inclement weather.

Floods

While you can't fully protect your propane tank from a flood, you can take precautions to minimize the impact. If heavy rains are in the forecast, schedule a propane tank refill as soon as possible. It's much harder for your propane tank to float away when it's weighed down by propane.

As long as flood levels don't rise above what you have left in the tank, it should stay in place. We also recommend securing your aboveground tank with cable or chain to a nearby tree. Take a picture of the manufacturer's nameplate in case your tank floats away in the flood and is recovered elsewhere.

After a flood, call us to inspect the propane gas tank before using it again. It's not uncommon for propane gas to be leaking from the container after it's been knocked about in a flood. Fortunately, propane won't contaminate your soil or drinking water supplies when released into the environment as a gas.

Blizzards

Before winter, we recommend tying a brightly colored flag to the top of your propane tank so it's visible even after heavy snowfall. Since many propane tanks are white, it can be difficult to spot one under several inches (or feet) of snow.

Shovel a clear path to your underground propane tank to make deliveries easier. When you get closer to the propane tank, trade your shovel for a broom so you don't accidently puncture the side of the tank. While it may be tempting to let the snow pile up, you'll be much better off keeping the propane tank accessible.

If you depend on propane gas to heat your home, you'll want to monitor how much fuel is left in the tank. Schedule a propane tank refill if you notice levels dropping below a quarter of a tank. That way, you'll still have plenty of fuel left if a blizzard delays your next propane delivery.

Fires

While we don't get the wildfires California and other western states experience, dry weather can make a blaze more likely. If your house catches on fire, you'll need to evacuate and call 911 as soon as possible.

As the temperature rises, the propane gas inside your tank expands until there's no more room. Too much heat and built up pressure can cause your propane tank to explode, which is why it's important to get a safe distance away from your property. When first responders arrive, let them know where your propane tank is located so they can take necessary safety precautions. Even if your propane tank was untouched by the fire, you'll still want to get it inspected by our propane dealers before using it again.

Our Michigan propane dealers make safety their first priority. To schedule your next propane delivery or inspection, call Altogas at any of our locations in Alto, Benton Harbor, Charlotte, Edmore, and Zeeland.

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