How to Prepare your Home for Missouri’s Spring Storms
Missourians know that, here in the heart of the Midwest, there is always the danger of damaging spring storms. From thunderstorms and hail to tornadoes and flooding, springtime brings with it a host of weather-based dangers. Being prepared is key. Here are important steps to keep your family and home safe from harm.
Steps to Prepare for Spring Storms
First, make sure everyone in your family knows what to do in case of an emergency. Sit down together and make a plan so everyone knows where to go during a storm and what protective measures to take. Then, create an emergency kit including a weather radio, flashlight, batteries, first-aid kit and other necessities and store it in your basement or designated safe place.
Next, consider installing UL-listed propane gas and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. These devices will help ensure that any leak is detected and can be addressed immediately.
If a storm does hit, there are several important issues to address. In the event of flooding, you should shut off your gas at the tank if it is safe to do so. This can be done by turning off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank. However, if there is lightning in your area or you hear thunder, stay away from metal objects such as your propane tank.
It is important to check all of your propane equipment after a storm has passed. Check for damage to your propane tank or gas lines. If your tank or meter has been dislodged from the service line, it is likely leaking gas, so call your utility company or propane provider immediately. Also, beware of downed power lines in your area.
Next, inspect all your propane appliances for water or other damage. However, beware of standing water, and do not touch an outlet or light switch or inspect an appliance while it’s in contact with water. If you have turned off your gas, or if any of your propane equipment has been underwater or you suspect that it has been damaged in any way, schedule an inspection by a qualified service technician. National safety standards require an inspection and leak test of any propane system that has incurred an interruption of service.
Finally, never use outdoor propane appliances in enclosed areas, especially during a power outage. Propane can bring many benefits to your home, but these precautions are necessary to ensure that you and your family stay safe during and in the aftermath of a storm.
Now is the time to assess your home and make sure you are doing all you can to prepare it for the upcoming spring storm season. When the sirens sound, the last thing you want is to be left without power. A propane generator is an asset to your home that will keep your power on even when your neighbors have lost theirs.
Propane generators will start up automatically in the event of a power outage, and they can power your entire home for days if needed. Propane is an ideal standby fuel because it doesn’t degrade over time, so you can have peace of mind knowing that a propane generator will keep your house running during and after a storm.
Storm season is fast approaching, and with it comes many dangers, but being prepared is the best way to ensure that you and your family stay safe. Start planning now so you will have a plan in place and your family will know what to do in the event of an emergency.
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