Propane Tips: Before, During, & After Thunderstorms

Written on: August 15, 2022

Protect your property and loved ones

gas appliance safety oklahomaOklahoma is no stranger to severe weather, especially during summer. From thunderstorms and hail to damaging winds, it’s important to be prepared for anything. Part of being prepared means knowing about propane safety so you can keep your family safe no matter what the weather brings.

To ensure that our neighbors are taken care of, Pitmon Oil & Gas has put together some useful tips and information regarding electrical storms.

Before a storm

Pay attention for propane leaks. When you detect propane’s distinct rotten-egg smell, it’s a good indication that there is propane gas leaking. During storms, small propane leaks, especially those that remain undetected for long periods of time, can get worse and become far more serious.

Be informed and prepared. All the adults in your household need to know how to shut off the gas main at your propane tank. It must be done if you need to evacuate from your home. Shutting off the gas prevents any damaged tanks causing a dangerous leak that could ignite.

During a storm

Be careful. During the storm, stay indoors and avoid power lines and conductive metal objects like your propane tank. If a storm hits while you’re outside, stay away from trees, poles, and other tall and conductive things or structures. Stay alert for local authorities’ recommendations for possible evacuations.

After a storm

Do an inspection of your property. If you can safely leave your home, check for fallen trees and branches. Look for downed power lines that might damage your propane tank or put your family’s safety at risk. Check your propane tank if you can safely access it.

Inspect propane appliances. Check for any damage, leaks, or other concerns. When checking your equipment, don’t use candles because they can ignite leaking propane.

Contact us if there’s a problem. If you detect any problems with your propane tank, gas line, or propane appliances, contact us right away. Our experts will thoroughly inspect and test all those to ensure that they are in good working order. If you smell gas, follow these propane safety best practices without delay.

Do you have questions about propane safety? Get in touch with Pitmon Oil & Gas and we’ll be happy to help!