We've all been anticipating the changing weather of spring, but as snow finally disappears, and the ice on lakes and rivers recedes, we need to be aware of the dangers of flooding.
The Canadian Propane Association recently released some important information about flood season and propane safety tips. We'd like to share that with you, as well as a link to download the CPA's Flood Safety Fact Sheet.
Spring is here, are you prepared in the event of a flood?
OTTAWA, MARCH 18, 2022 – Canadian propane consumers should always be ready for the unexpected and never underestimate unpredictable weather conditions during flood season.
“There are a few things to consider to keep your family and your home as safe as possible,” says CPA Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs and Safety, Robert Loenhart. “Flooding can happen quickly with little or no warning. The Canadian Propane Association (CPA) and propane retailers encourage residents to do their part and plan now to protect themselves and their property in the event of a flood.”
Propane is among the safest energy sources available – it is non-toxic and dissipates quickly if accidentally released – but it is important to always be cautious when floods occur. Water can have serious effects on the structure of a home, so it is important to take precautions and follow the CPA’s simple safety measures.
Essential steps include:
- anchoring fuel tanks to the ground – propane tanks, even full ones – will float in water,
- learning how and where to shut off the gas supplies to your propane tank and appliances, and
- making sure family members know the smell of propane – like rotten eggs or a skunk.
Other tips include keeping propane tank levels at optimum amounts as a flood could disrupt deliveries. Local propane retailers are only a quick phone call away for additional assistance with flood-proofing procedures and advice.
“Taking simple steps in advance to be flood ready is the best way to keep your loved ones safe and protect your home,” says Loenhart. “Know your flood risk, take action to prepare your home and family, and sign up for alerts to stay informed.”
Source: The Canadian Propane Association
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