AmeriGas representatives were among the more than 200 attendees who joined Chester County Commissioners, staff from the Department of Emergency Services and first responders to celebrate the May 15 ribbon cutting at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus Tactical Village. AmeriGas donated tanks, parts and fittings for propane-fueled fire training stations at the center and was named as one of the top corporate donors.
“I believe this is a tremendous opportunity for AmeriGas to further enhance our commitment and involvement within the community,” says AmeriGas Area Director Mike Taylor. “The new tactical village is a state-of-the-art facility that will benefit thousands of people living in both Pennsylvania and Delaware. For us at AmeriGas to be able to partnership in such an important and worthy endeavor promotes a sense of pride that is difficult to duplicate.” At AmeriGas safety is our highest priority which makes sponsoring projects like these an easy decision. We always put the safety of our customers, community and employees at the forefront and this training facility will help prepare thousands of first responders each year on how to handle a propane emergency.
Four 1,000-gallon tanks and four 2,000-gallon tanks fuel simulators used to train fire and rescue personnel. One simulator replicates a car fire, while another replicates a fire in a multi-story apartment complex.
To learn more about propane safety: http://www.propanesafetyfirst.com/
Our employees care about the local community and on April 15 a team from AmeriGas and UGI Corporate Offices in King of Prussia, PA spent their morning proving it! The team joined forces with the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and other volunteers from across the area to participate in UNITED2FEED. This annual event which hosted a total 500 volunteers is a great way to give back locally to the communities in which these volunteers live and work in every day. In total 84,000 meals were packed to aide 7,000 families and be distributed to 1,312 food pantries throughout the community. To learn more about the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey: http://unitedforimpact.org/
With grilling season well underway, it’s very important to know the safe internal cooking temperature for the meat you are grilling. Make sure you have an accurate meat thermometer and don’t forget a clean plate to place your food on when it’s finished grilling. Cooked food is safe only after it’s been heated to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria. After you remove meat from your grill, oven, or other heat source, allow it to rest for the specified amount of time. During this rest time, its temperature remains constant or continues to rise, which further destroys harmful germs. Use the chart below and a food thermometer to ensure meat, poultry, seafood, and other cooked foods reach a safe minimum internal temperature. For more AmeriGas grilling tips click here.
Hunger is not something that goes away when summer hits. In fact for many families with school-aged children feeding everyone can become much harder during the summer months when children who normally would receive a free or reduced price breakfast and lunch are now home for these meals. This is why it is so important for food drives to occur throughout the year and not just at the holidays.
For this reason employees at AmeriGas and UGI Corporate Offices in King Of Prussia, PA hold two food drives per year. One of these drives occurs in late fall right before the holiday season and the other happens in the spring when it is not so commonly done. This year’s spring drive was held the first week of May and employees brought in close to 1500 lbs. of food which was donated to Philabundance.
Philabundance is the Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization, providing emergency food and access to services to approximately 900,000 people at risk of hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley. They provide food to 75,000 people each week through their various programs and the agencies they assist. For more information visit: http://www.philabundance.org/.
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will likely be below-normal, but that’s no reason to believe coastal areas will have it easy. “A below-normal season doesn’t mean we’re off the hook. As we’ve seen before, below-normal seasons can still produce catastrophic impacts to communities,” said NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D. Hurricanes can cause power outages, flooding, or other events requiring you to take additional safety measures.
If your home uses propane, here are some simple steps you can take to keep your family safe in the event of a hurricane.
Before a hurricane: Be Prepared
- Create and emergency preparedness plan and review it regularly with your family. Post a list with contact information for your propane retailer and emergency services (fire department etc.) Include instructions for shutting off propane, water, and electricity. If you need to turn off your propane, always contact a service technician to inspect your propane system prior to turning it back on.
- Have an adequate supply of propane in your tank. During and after a hurricane, propane and other types of fuel may not be readily available and roads leading to your home might not be accessible for delivery.
- In flood zone areas, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) requires that large above-ground and underground propane tanks be anchored securely to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Contact your propane retailer for more information.
- Review this brochure for more information on what you should do before, during and after the hurricane.
During: When a storm approaches
- If a hurricane threatens your safety, you should shut off the gas. If it is safe to do so, turn off the main gas supply value on your propane tank. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise). Turn off the gas supply valves located near individual indoor appliances. Consult your propane retailer to make sure you know where the actual valves are located and how to shut them off. If your gas comes from a metered pipe system, consult your propane retailer on how to shut off the gas.
- You may need to evacuate your home or farm. Always listen to your local authorities, or television and radio stations, for on instructions of the appropriate course of action to take. Whether it is determined that you should stay or leave, you should shut off your gas.
- Never use outdoor propane appliances indoors or in enclosed areas. This could result in CO poisoning or death. These include outdoor portable heaters, barbecue grills, and portable generators. Only use appliances indoors that are designed and approved for indoor use. Don’t store or place a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.
After: Once the storm has passed
- Use caution when returning to your home or farm. If you have any doubts about your safety, leave the area immediately and have your property inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before re-entering. Take the time to carefully evaluate the condition of all the structures on your property. If it is dark, use flashlights, not candles.
- Look carefully around the entire area. Check for downed power lines; they can create major safety hazards. High winds and floods can move, shift, or damage gas lines and tanks. Immediately call your local utility company or propane retailer if any of these hazards exist.
- It is important to schedule a time for a qualified service technician to perform a complete inspection of your propane system if you suspect any of your propane appliances, equipment, or vehicles have been under water or they have been damaged, or you have turned off your gas supply. The technician can also perform a leak test on the system and re-light your pilot lights. Do not use or operate appliances, equipment, or vehicles, or turn on the gas supply, until your system has been inspected by a qualified service technician.
- If any questions arise, contact your propane retailer or local fire department.
For more information on what to do to prepare for a hurricane, or other severe weather events, contact your local AmeriGas office. To view the complete list of hurricane safety tips visit www.propanesafetyfirst.com.
Promote safety all season long, follow these simple steps.
In the wake of the substantial flooding that has recently occurred in Texas and Oklahoma AmeriGas wants you to be prepared. In all, 37.3 trillion gallons of water have fallen over the state of Texas in May, the National Weather Service said. After more than a week of devastating rain, more than 4,000 properties were destroyed. Here are some quick tips about ways to prepare your home before, during, and after a flood.
- Create an emergency preparedness plan and review it regularly with your family in order to keep them safe during a potential disaster.
- Know how and where to shut off the outdoor propane supply and indoor propane appliances. For more information, contact your propane retailer.
- Make sure that you and your family know what propane smells like. Propane has a strong, unpleasant smell like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal.
- Review the flood safety brochure.
- Shut off the gas!
- Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank, if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
- Turn off the gas supply valves located near individual indoor appliances. Consult your propane retailer to make sure you know where the actual valves are located and how to shut them off.
- If you suspect any of your propane appliances, equipment, or vehicles have been under water or they have been damaged, or you have turned off your gas supply, schedule a time for a qualified service technician to perform a complete inspection of your propane system. The technician can also perform a leak test on the system and re-light your pilot lights.
- Do not use or operate appliances, equipment, or vehicles, or turn on the gas supply, until your system has been inspected by a qualified service technician.
- If you find a propane tank on your property that is not yours, or if your propane tank has become dislodged or is missing, contact your propane retailer or your local fire department immediately.
- Inspect your propane appliances for water or other damage, if it is safe to do so. If the appliances have electric components and have been exposed to water, they can create a fire hazard.
For more information on what to do to prepare for a flood, or other severe weather events, contact your local AmeriGas office. To view the complete list of flood safety tips visit www.propanesafetyfirst.com.
Promote safety all season long, follow these simple steps.
Many of you may not know, but May is National Burger Month! AmeriGas wants you to celebrate it all month long by trying some great grilling recipes with your AmeriGas tank. Here are some interesting facts you may not know about the hamburger:
- The hamburger originally came from Hamburg Germany
- The idea of placing the burger in the bun came from America
- Burgers were initially eaten quite raw until the 1880’s
- The English and the Irish were the first to cook burgers well done
- The Hamburger hall of fame is located in Seymour, Wisconsin
- Burgers account for about 40% of all sandwiches sold
Make sure when you are grilling your delicious burgers you are outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Never grill or store a tank in any enclosed areas (including trailers, tents, houses and garages). Ensure that the grill is firmly in place. It should be stable enough not to be tipped over.
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