Hurricane safety tips for heating systems
While Hurricane Sandy is not expected to cause significant flooding in Vermont, oilheat and propane consumers should be prepared for any weather event. It is important for Vermonters to know what is needed to help protect their home and heating equipment in the event of flooding or loss of power. VFDA encourages homeowners and businesses relying on heating oil and propane to remember the following tips:
- If heating equipment has been flooded, be sure to shut off the tank service valve if you did not do so before evacuating.
- Look for any visible structural damage. If the tank has shifted, lines are bent or damaged, or you notice anything else unusual, contact your heating fuel provider immediately.
- Damage to pumps, filters, and electronic controls is a significant problem caused by flooding. Heating appliances and equipment that have been under water should be inspected by a heating service technician before being placed back into service.
To download VFDA’s tank safety information brochure CLICK HERE.
Montpelier, VT (October 29, 2012) – VFDA