Propane Safety and Extreme Heat
Extreme heat can be dangerous for many reasons. Be extra careful when temperatures are high because it can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. It's not just the elderly, ill, and young that can be affected, but anyone who doesn't take the necessary precautions when the temperature and humidity is high. Here are some tips to keep your family safe and avoid potential dangers.
Make sure your propane tank is painted with a light-reflecting color.
Propane expands as the temperature rises, make sure your tank is reflecting the light so it doesn't absorb too much heat.
Make sure the area within 10 feet of your propane tank and your propane grill is clear of flammable materials.
Remove any debris that is combustible or easily ignited, including leaves, brush, any vegetation, and rags.
Have a list of instructions handy on how to turn off electricity, propane and water.
During extremely hot weather, cool down your propane tank by spraying it with a garden hose.
By doing so, you can help lower the gas pressure and elevated temperature level inside the tank. This reduces the possibility of the system releasing excess gas through the pressure-relief valve, its built-in safety feature.
If a power outage occurs tune in on a battery-powered radio for instructions from local authorities.
It's recommended to turn off all the lights and appliances on your property that were operating before the outage occured (with the exception of one light to signal when the power returns). This will reduce any type of power surge from occuring once the electricity returns.
Have your air conditioner and furnace serviced twice a year.
Regular service on your heating and cooling equipment can help your system run more smoothly, so you have air conditioning in extreme heat. It's also a good idea to have battery operated fans around, just in case.