Safe practices regarding propane suggested ahead of Hurricane Sandy

BALTIMORE - As Hurricane Sandy approaches the Eastern Shore, Delmarva Oil (DMO) is taking the opportunity to remind propane users of best practices before, during and after a storm.

In a press release issued by the company Friday, DMO president John Combs said the company often gets questions about best practices.

"The most important thing is to stay alert about your surroundings and not take any chances," he said. If you have shut off your gas supply, if your tank is damaged, or if there is any other destruction that may be unsafe, call your propane company immediately. A qualified technician is the best person to assess the situation and make sure everything is safe."

Tips for before the storm

1) Make sure you have enough propane in your tank to last a few days

2) If you are in a flood zone, make sure your large above-ground and underground propane tanks are securely anchored.

3) Create an emergency plan and review it with your family.

During and after the storm

1) If the hurricane threatens your safety, shut off the gas. If you end up turning off your propane supply, contact your propane provider before turning it back on.

2) Watch ABC2 News and download our apps (text WMAR to 46988) for important evacuation instructions.

3) After the hurricane passes and the area is safe, check for downed power lines, damaged gas lines or damage to your propane tank.

4) Do not use outdoor propane appliances indoors or in enclosed areas. Do not put a propane cylinder in an enclosed area.

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