Tips to stay safe


When flood warnings are issued, take these safety precautions:

  • Shut off the propane supply to your propane tank and appliances, as well as the houses electricity supply. This is the most important step.
  • Do NOT drain your hot water tank but shut off both valves – the one allowing water into the tank, and the one controlling water coming out.
  • Speak to your propane retailer or a certified technician about the possibility of temporarily removing your propane tank, hot water tank and appliances, as well as the electrical components of your furnace.
  • Plug or cap piping if appliances are removed.
  • Go over your emergency preparedness plan with your family, including escape routes and a safe place to meet.
  • Listen to local broadcasts for the latest information and advice.

After a Flood – Stay Safe!

Once waters have receded and authorities say it is safe to return to your home, remain cautious. Floods can have serious effects on your home’s structure, appliances, and energy supply.

  • 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 – avoid any flame or spark.
  • Do not turn your propane or electricity supply back on until all water has been removed, and you have had a provincially certified technician inspect and repair the entire system.
  • Do not use propane improperly e.g., using a propane stove as a space heater or using a barbecue indoor.

More Flood Tips

  • Propane tanks (even full ones) will float in water, so ensure your tank is secured to a fixed object.
  • Make sure your family recognizes the smell of propane – like rotten eggs or a skunk.
  • Learn how and where to shut off the propane supply to your tank and appliances.
  • Keep a good supply of propane in your tank, as a flood could disrupt deliveries.
  • Your propane retailer can help you with flood-proofing procedures and advice.

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There are a few things to consider to keep your family and your home as safe as possible, whether you are experiencing an icy storm, a devastating flood, a rare tornado or a fierce wildfire. The key is to be prepared.

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