Coping with Another Wildfire Season
The memory of going through the worst wildfires in our state’s history last year remains fresh, and many communities are still recovering from their devastating effects. Now experts are warning that the frequency of wildfires could be even higher this season.
As part of its efforts to prevent wildfires, PG&E has begun proactive public-safety power shutoffs in times when there is a high risk of sparking a wildfire in specific areas.
These shutoffs will be triggered by a variety of circumstances, including red-flag warnings from the National Weather Service, humidity levels below 20%, and forecasts of sustained high winds and wind gusts. Residents who aren’t in the immediate area of a fire threat may still be affected by a power outage if the power lines pass through their property.
These new precautionary power shutdowns will drive demand up even higher for whole-house propane backup generators. If you’re thinking of installing one, we can take care of everything. We’ll help you select the right size when you purchase one from us and then we’ll handle the installation. Afterward, we’ll keep your generator well maintained and make sure you always have enough propane.
If you already have a propane generator, see our article for advice on making sure that it is ready to go.
Remember, we are always here for you, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about your comfort and safety. Please call us or contact us through our website.
If You Have to Evacuate…
Wildfires can affect anyone, at any time, and you may have only minutes to react. If you need to evacuate your home because of an approaching fire, remember these tips:
- Close your propane tank’s service valve by turning the handwheel clockwise.
- Close all gas and appliance valves inside the house.
- Move propane cylinders away from any house or structure and away from vegetation. Do not move propane cylinders indoors.
- Let us know that you have left, and also let us know when you go back home. If you smell gas upon your return, leave the area immediately, then call us.