Post storm safety tips


· Breakers – If you do not have power, turn off your breakers. When
the power is restored, energize them one-by-one. If you smell smoke
after power is restored, turn the breaker off. If you smell smoke and
think there is a fire danger at your home or business, call 911.
· Gas – If the gas was turned off or if you lost gas serve, check for
the odor of gas when power is restored. If you smell gas, go outside and
notify your utility provider.
· Minimize flushing – Residents should conserve and minimize water
use. Hold off on showering and bathing, doing laundry, and flushing
· Refrigerator – If you have lost power for at least four hours, even
with minimizing opening the door, discard and replace items.
· Generators – Read the owner’s manual and keep the generator a
safe distance from the home. Do not place the generator inside the home,
including a garage, even if you ventilate it. Also, check the wind in
your area to see if fumes are being pushed into your home. You may need
to move the generator to prevent wind blowing fumes in your home. When
fueling the generator, allow it to cool down (at least 20-30 minutes)
before refueling.
· Propane – Read the owner’s manual and do not use propane grills
inside the home or in the garage, even if you ventilate it. Use the
grill at least 15 feet from the home or garage.
· Downed trees and power lines – Assume any downed power line is
energized when driving or walking in your neighborhood. Do not attempt
to move or pick up limbs or trees that could be in contact with a downed
power line. If you are without power, the downed power lines could be in
your yard, so use caution as you pick up around your home or business.
If possible, wait until power is restored to remove trees and limbs from
your property to make sure they are not intermingled with power lines.

· Intersections without traffic signals – If coming to an
intersection without a traffic signal, treat it as a four-way stop.
· Cleaning up debris in the yard – When picking up your property
after the storm, wear the proper safety gear, including gloves, safety
eyewear and closed-toe shoes. Use sunscreen and drink water frequently.
If you move debris, please keep it 3-4 feet from the road and away from
storm drains. Debris placed between the sidewalk and the home will not
be picked up. Debris should not be placed near trees, poles or other
structures. It also should not obstruct the roadway, storm drains,
mailboxes, water meter vaults and fire hydrants.
· Debris should be separated into four categories:
· Normal household trash and bagged debris
· Unbagged vegetative debris, including leaves, logs, plants and tree
· Construction and demolition debris, including building materials,
carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses and plumbing
· Appliances, including air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers,
refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers and water heaters.

· Chainsaws – If using a chainsaw, wear proper safety gear, including
gloves, safety eyewear and closed-toe shoes. Do not attempt to cut limbs
that are over your head or out of reach. Do not use a chainsaw while
standing on a ladder. If possible, have someone work with you, so they
can watch where the limbs fall.

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