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IMPORTANT SAFETY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE RETURNING TO FLOODED HOMES AND FARMS

 LISLE, Ill., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Now that the clean-up process is under way from South Dakota to St. Louis, people returning to their flooded homes need to take certain precautions, recommends the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA).
 All propane tanks, farm equipment and household appliances whose controls have been underwater should be inspected by your propane dealer before they are put back into service. That includes propane water heaters, furnaces, stoves and clothes dryers. Be sure to shut off the service valve at the tank, if you didn't do so before you left.
 NPGA propane suppliers in the flooded areas are working hard to service effected families as quickly as possible, bringing in technicians from surrounding areas when necessary.
 Water damage to propane equipment is not always readily apparent. That's why NPGA highly recommends a complete inspection of the entire system before operating.
 The number one problem is possible corrosion in the controls. Such corrosion can cause blockage of the key safety devices that are built into the system. Water, dirt, or debris may have entered the regulator through the vent. While it may not be an immediate threat, selected parts may need to be replaced to ensure the long-range safety of the equipment. Propane dealers can also determine whether dents to the tank or equipment, caused by flowing debris, are serious enough to warrant equipment replacement.
 In the rare cases where people smell gas when they return to their homes and farms, they should turn off the gas valve on the outside propane tank and call their propane technician immediately. Most people, however, can proceed with the normal clean-up operation.
 -0- 7/21/93
 /CONTACT: Evelyn Caprel or Susan Hall, 708-352-4004, for the National Propane Gas Association/


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