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Severe Weather Preparedness in Your Finger Lakes-Area Home

Severe weather

Don’t look now, but the start of Atlantic Hurricane season is right around the corner – and while upstate NY does not often suffer a direct hit from these powerful storms, their remnants can still be plenty dangerous.

One of the perils that can arise from a hurricane (or any sufficiently severe weather) here in the Finger Lakes area is the possibility of a power outage, which can leave us without juice for our refrigerators, sump pump, A/C, home security systems, and even our emergency medical equipment.

The best way to counteract a power outage, of course, is to install a whole-house propane backup generator, which can instantly re-power your home if the grid goes down. These powerful units connect directly to your home’s electric and HVAC systems to give you seamless power protection during a severe weather event.

Whether or not you’re ready to invest in a backup generator, though, planning for severe weather is critical. Here are eight steps to take in the coming weeks as we inch toward Atlantic hurricane season.

  1. Create an emergency plan and review it with your family. Post a list with our contact information plus numbers for emergency services, along with instructions for turning off propane, electricity, and water. For other tips in preparing for hurricanes, check out this link.
  2. If you have an aboveground propane tank, make sure it is securely anchored and resting on a flat surface in a non-flood prone area.
  3. If you have a propane powered backup generator, check your fuel levels before a major storm approaches.
  4. If severe weather is forecast, listen to your local authorities and evacuate if you need to. If you do, use extreme caution when returning to your property.
  5. If severe weather threatens your safety, shut off your gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. Also, turn off the gas supply valves located near individual indoor appliances.
  6. After severe weather passes, check the area for downed power lines, damaged gas lines, or damage to your tanks and appliances.
  7. Inspect your fuel-burning appliances for damage if it is safe to do so. If the appliances have been damaged, contact us for service immediately.
  8. NEVER use outdoor, fuel-burning appliances indoors or in enclosed areas! This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or death.

Be safe this hurricane season! If you have any questions about severe weather safety, or if you need to schedule a propane delivery for your backup generator, contact Ehrhart Energy today.