You can’t control severe weather. But you can prepare for it. Here are some important “natural gas safety” rules of thumb for weathering the storm and keeping your home hurricane-ready.
Before A Storm
- Clear the area around your grill and other natural gas outdoor appliances. Be sure to put all loose items (such as lawn furniture, hoses, garden ornaments, etc.) inside your house or garage
- Don’t shut off your natural gas supply at the meter. Only utility personnel should turn your natural gas service on or off. In the event you are required to evacuate, please leave your natural gas supply on (or in its current position)
- You can turn off the natural gas supply to individual appliances, however, although it’s not necessary
- If you choose to do so, be sure to first consult the manufacturer’s guide, and also familiarize yourself with the supply turnoff valve near each unit before the storm occurs
After A Storm
- If you smell a “rotten egg” odor (which could potentially indicate a natural gas leak), clear the location immediately and call your local utility once you’re safely away. Or dial 911, if needed
- Please don’t try to turn your natural gas on or off. In the unlikely event your service has been interrupted, instead call your local utility
- Do not operate any natural gas appliances that may have been flooded or damaged
- Contact your local natural gas provider (or a qualified contractor) if you’d like to have your appliances checked for safety, or you need help relighting any pilot lights
- Only use natural gas appliances for their intended purpose. For example, never attempt to use outdoor grills indoors, etc.
- Do not remove fallen trees or do any type of digging without calling 811 to locate your utility lines