The South Carolina Propane Gas Association is sharing tips on what people with homes or businesses that use propane tanks should do to evacuate.
The organization says if evacuation becomes necessary, the following steps should be taken by these customers:
- Before you leave your property, turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank, if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
- Turn off the gas supply valves located near individual indoor appliances. Consult your propane retailer to make sure you know where the actual valves are
- located and how to shut them off.
- If at all possible, contact your propane supplier and let them know that you are evacuating your property. This will alert them that there is a need for service after the flood waters subside.
If you you suspect any of your propane appliances, equipment, or vehicles have been under water or they have been damaged, or you have turned off your gas supply, the organization advises:
- DO schedule a time for a qualified service technician to perform a complete inspection of your propane system. The technician can also perform a leak test on the system and re-light your pilot lights.
- DO NOT use or operate appliances, equipment, or vehicles, or turn on the gas supply, until your system has been inspected by a qualified service technician.