Association Shares Flood Preparedness Tips for Propane Users

The Canadian Propane Association (CPA) is reminding propane users that they can do their part by being prepared in the event of a flood. Although the reminder was for residents of central and northeast British Columbia who are facing flood advisories, the same holds true in the U.S.

The association and propane retailers encourage residents to do their part to protect themselves and their property in the event of a flood. “We are in uncharted territory in dealing with the COVID-19 virus and many Canadians are already under a great deal of stress,” says Nathalie St-Pierre, CPA president and CEO. “But if propane users are prepared in the event of a flood, they can help to alleviate additional pressure by ensuring they are emergency ready and keep their homes and family safe.”

The CPA’s Flood Safety Tips can help propane users take concrete actions to be prepared if flooding occurs. The association reminder includes: “Propane is among the safest fuels available—it is non-toxic and dissipates quickly if accidentally released—but it is important to always be cautious when and after a flood occurs. Floods 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.

“When a flood warning is issued: Anchor fuel tanks to the ground since propane tanks, even full ones, will float in water; learn how and where to shut off the gas supplies to your propane tank and appliances; and, make sure family members know the smell of propane.

“After a flood has occurred: If you have any doubts at all about your house’s overall safety, have an engineer inspect it; if it is dark, use a flashlight to avoid any flame or spark; and do not turn your propane or electricity supply back on until all water has been removed, and you have had a certified technician inspect and repair the entire system.”
Other tips include keep 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. If a home visit is required, propane retailers have implemented best practices during COVID-19 to ensure the safety of employees and customers while maintaining propane as an essential service.

St-Pierre reiterated, “More than ever, safety in all aspects of our lives is paramount. We all have a role to play to maintain social distancing to stop COVID-19 and this includes being prepared for floods. We encourage Canadians to take action now and be prepared to protect themselves and their families if the need arises.”

SOURCE: The Weekly Propane Newsletter, July 9, 2020. Weekly Propane Newsletter subscribers receive all the latest posted and spot prices from major terminals and refineries around the U.S. delivered to inboxes every week. Receive a center spread of posted prices with hundreds of postings updated each week, along with market analysis, insightful commentary, and much more not found elsewhere.