Severe Weather Preparedness in Your Propane-Powered Home
Severe weather is a summer staple here in Southwest Iowa, and the heavy rain, hail, and high winds that we often encounter this time of year can lead to inconvenient – or even dangerous –power outages.
One of the best ways to cope with those power outages is to install a propane backup generator* (sometimes called a standby generator), which restores power mere seconds after the grid goes down. A standup generator will not only keep your lights on, it will keep your refrigerator, cooling system, sump pump, home security system, and more up and running.
In a time when the number of power outages nationwide is doubling every five years or so, a backup generator is fast transforming from a luxury to a necessity for your Iowa home, business, or farm.
Whether or not you’re ready to install a backup generator, though, planning for severe weather is the key to minimizing its potentially disastrous effects. Here are some pointers for severe weather preparedness for your home or commercial space:
- Stay informed about the approaching storm by listening to news online and in your local media. It’s also a good idea to keep a list of important severe weather resources on hand.
- If you have propane appliances, schedule a propane delivery in advance of the storm in case the weather creates road closures and other delays.
- Charge all family cellphones, laptops, tablets, etc. in advance of the storm.
- Have an emergency kit prepared and ready. To learn more about putting together an emergency kit, visit www.ready.gov.
- Consider purchasing disposable coolers and dry ice to preserve perishable food.
- Clear storm drains of any debris that could clog and back up rainwater.
- Establish and review a communications plan with family members and friends.
- If high winds are predicted, secure lawn furniture and other objects in your yard.
- Test all smoke, carbon monoxide, and propane detectors before the storm approaches.
- Prepare and review with your family a list of instructions on how to turn off electricity, propane, and water. If you don’t know how to do this, contact us.
- Review propane safety basics with your family; make sure everyone knows how to detect a propane leak, and what to do if they smell gas.
- If you live in a flood zone, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) requires that large aboveground and underground propane tanks be anchored securely to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Contact us to learn more.
- If you have a backup generator,
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions on how to use it safely;
- Have it professionally serviced at least once a year (twice would be better here in the IA) to keep it running reliably; and
- Fill it with propane before a major storm arrives, and after you use it.
Summer is peak season for severe weather in Southwest Iowa – be ready! To schedule a propane delivery for your home or business, contact the propane experts at Pelgas today.