- Use extreme caution when cleaning up storm damage on your property. Downed or damaged power lines can send electrical currents through tree branches and metal fences, so survey the area carefully - especially if you'll be using a pruning pole, ax or chainsaw. Do not remove fallen tree limbs or other debris from power lines. Tree limbs and other objects can conduct electricity and carry a current strong enough to cause serious injury or death.
- Keep your distance from any downed power lines and call 911 to report them.
- Don’t drive over downed lines and treat all wires – even those that are hanging or down – as if they are “live” (energized).
- Keep children and pets away from areas where power lines may have fallen.
- Do NOT use candles for lighting. Using candles during a power outage poses an extreme risk of fire. Use flashlights or battery-powered lighting options.
- Turn off any heat-producing appliances (toaster oven, range, irons, etc.) that were running when the power went out to prevent them from starting unexpectedly when power is restored. If left on, they can pose a serious fire hazard.
- If you are using a generator, make sure it is in a well-ventilated area to reduce the risk of breathing harmful fumes. Never place a generator under an open window and follow all manufacturer instructions.
- Make sure the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide
alarm are fresh. Test alarms to ensure they are working.
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