Weathering the Storm with Natural Gas
Peoples Gas wants you to be prepared for storm season.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding are just some of the severe weather conditions that can affect Floridians during storm season, which runs June 1 through November 30.
While serious weather conditions like these cannot be prevented, preparation can go a long way toward keeping your family and your home safe.
Here are a few precautions to take to ensure your safety with natural gas appliances during a storm:
- If you evacuate your home or business, DO NOT turn off your gas supply at the main meter. Only emergency or utility personnel should turn the valve on or off.
- You CAN turn off the gas for individual appliances at the appliance valve near each unit, if you choose to do so. Most codes now require an appliance valve within six feet of each appliance.
- During and after severe storms, Peoples Gas crews are available to respond to natural gas emergencies.
Customers can contact a qualified gas appliance dealer if they experience difficulty relighting the pilot lights on appliances after a valve shut off. Peoples Gas can provide a list of qualified dealers to help. Call toll free 1-877 TECO PGS (1-877-832-6747).
More storm tips are listed in the Hurricane Guide, available at most public locations, including your local post office.