It has been a very hot and dry summer which has made the danger of a wildfire popping up even more likely. Wildfires have been prevalent all over the state. In the event of a disaster, it is best to be well prepared. There are steps you can tank to help minimize damage to your propane tank in the event of a wildfire.
Tips to Manage Damage in a Wildfire
Create a Plan
Creating a plan that works best for you is the first step when it comes to minimizing damage from a wildfire. As part of this effort, make sure to post contact information for emergency services and utility companies—including your local propane supplier. You should also post instructions for turning off your propane, electricity, and water. If you turn off your propane, contact a service technician to inspect your system before turning it back on.
Clear Some Space
It is best to work on clearing at least 10 feet around your tank. The area around your propane tank and/or propane grill should be clear of anything that is combustible or easily ignited, including leaves, brush, vegetation, and rags. More importantly, never store or use a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.
Check your areas local fire safety updates regularly to be updated as much as possible about wildfires in your area. If a wildfire is close to you, make sure you have a reliable communication available and keep you utility company, and propane supplier up to date.
Assessing the Damage
If your propane tank does get damaged by a wildfire, be sure to call your propane company to have them check your tank. It’s a good idea to have a qualified service technician perform a complete inspection of your propane system, to ensure no harmful damage was done. Remember it is always better to be overly safe and cautious.