After a devastating blow to the East from Superstorm Sandy in October of 2012, residents and homeowners on the Atlantic coast should anticipate another active season in 2013. Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advise residents in Atlantic and Gulf Coast states to be prepared throughout the hurricane season, which typically occurs during the period of June 1st through November 30th.
Thankfully, many tropical storms that are generated in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and other points sometimes fizzle out before making landfall when they travel northward. However, Long Island does experience hurricanes and coastal storms. You should always be prepared for emergencies. Here are some basic tips for hurricane preparedness.
- If you have to evacuate your home due to a tropical storm, hurricane or flood, turn off the service valve on your propane container and the shutoff valve on all propane appliances.
- Secure propane equipment, tanks, and cylinders during a severe weather by tying them to stationary objects, or, if time allows it, contact your local propane service center to ask them to move your tank to higher ground.
- If your propane tank becomes dislodged or you believe there is a gas leak in your home, evacuate your house as soon as possible and contact your local fire department from a safe location.
- Use extreme caution when returning to your home after a tropical storm or hurricane, and contact your local propane service center to schedule a safety inspection.
Did you know that water can damage your propane system?
If flooding is predicted for your area, turn off the gas valve at the cylinder or tank BEFORE the water rises. Do not turn the gas back on until the gas system and all appliances have been checked by a qualified service technician. AFTER A FLOOD, contact a qualified service technician to check your propane system and appliances. A qualified service technician will likely have to do some or all of the following
- Replace the regulator and/or pressure relief valves if there are signs of water, dirt, debris, or corrosion.
- Replace the automatic controls and appliance regulators on any gas appliances that have been under water.
- Inspect and (if necessary) replace manual shut-off valves in gas piping, and perform tank testing of the system.
- Clean appliance main and pilot burners and replace pilot orifices.
Something doesn’t look right…
If your tank has shifted position; gas lines are bent, broken, or damaged; or you see something else unusual about your system or appliance, turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank, if it is safe to do so. Then contact your Star-Lite Propane Service Department as soon as possible at 631-586-2264.