Spring brings with it warmer weather and the start of the gardening and excavation season. Even small, shallow excavation jobs can be a risk if you don’t know where underground lines and equipment are buried.It’s important to know what’s below. Call 811 to avoid utility service disruption, harm to you and those around you, as well as fines and repair costs
Summer Storm Safety Guide
As New Englanders, we may think of snowstorms first when it comes to harsh weather, but summer can also bring its share of harsh weather. Should severe summer weather strike, follow these rules to keep you and your loved ones safe!
Have an emergency plan in place.
The Red Cross suggests designating a safe place in your home for your family to gather during a strong thunderstorm (away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail). Discuss safety measures and gather emergency supplies (such as water, flashlights, and batteries) in advance.
Both propane gas and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are crucial propane safety devices that can protect you in the event of a propane leak or equipment malfunction. Test that they are in good working order at least twice a year and replace batteries in the Fall.
Review shutoff procedures.
Know where and how to shut off your electricity, water, outdoor propane valve and indoor propane appliances. Contact us and/or other appropriate utility providers for instructions if you’re unsure how to do this.
Know the signs of a leak.
Everyone in your household should be able to recognize and identify the “rotten egg” smell that could indicate a propane leak. Call us or 911 immediately if you smell propane.
Inspect debris and damage with caution.
After damaging weather, put safety first when inspecting the equipment in and around your home. Never use a candle when checking your equipment and never stand in water when inspecting home appliances. Stay clear of downed lines and wires and be aware of loose or falling branches.
Never attempt DIY propane repairs.
If you suspect any storm-related damage was caused to your propane equipment, do not approach it or attempt repairs yourself. Call us or 911 immediately.
Fall is not without its share of hazards. Here are some tips to be prepared for whatever weather challenges may come your way this season:
Never drive through floodwaters! Fall can often bring with it rainy weather, and heavy rains can be a common occurrence as September and October are still part of hurricane season. If you encounter fast moving water or a flooded roadway as you are driving or walking, it’s best to turn around and find another route. You do not know the conditions under the water. All it takes is 6 inches of moving water to make you fall. And keep children and pets from playing in floodwater.
Leaves, like floodwater, can pose hazards for motorists. Fallen leaves can gather on roadways and when they become wet, they can create very slick conditions. Add freezing temperatures to the mix and your vehicle will have zero traction, similar to driving on an icy road. In addition, leaves can cover important road markings or deep potholes. Likewise, never drive through a pile of leaves. Tree stumps, rocks, and other hazards could be hidden beneath. It’s important to slow down when driving on a leaf-covered roadway, and always give plenty of room between you and other cars in case anyone has to stop short.
Many “leaf peepers” are out on the roadways and many can be distracted by foliage vistas. Be alert to what other motorists are doing.
With the days getting shorter, visibility when driving in the fall can be a challenge. Many people walk along the side of the road at dusk and can be difficult to see. School is also in session so kids are out playing. Additionally, fall is a time when wildlife is more active and on the move. Slow down when driving, especially on curvy or narrow roads where visibility around corners is difficult.
Here are some safety tips to ensure you and your family can stay warm without worry this winter!