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6 Ways To Keep You & Your Family Safe During A Power Outage

Posted on Sunday, May 22 2016

Living in Florida, the possibility of experiencing a lengthy power outage is more real than ever—especially with hurricane season in full force. Your electric company will work efficiently to safely and quickly restore your power so you can get back to your life as soon as possible. But what steps should you take to ensure the safety of you and your family when the power goes out?

Here are a few quick tips:

  1. Turn off or disconnect any lights, appliances or electronics you were using when the power went out. Leave one light on so you know immediately know when power returns.
  2. Steer clear of downed wires and trees that may have power wires caught in them. Never touch a downed power wire—even if you think it might not be live!
  3. If you invested in a portable generator, locate it well away from your home and make sure the exhaust cannot easily enter your home through windows or doorways. Because the generator’s exhaust contains carbon monoxide, using a generator indoors can kill you within minutes!
  4. Keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy in the event of an outage. Candles can be extremely dangerous, so be weary when lighting and never light a fire indoors.
  5. Never drive over downed lines. If a downed line is in or near water (even the smallest puddle), keep your distance. Again, steer clear—even if you’re sure the wire isn’t live!
  6. When improperly installed, home generators of any size can potentially backfeed enough power into the power lines to electrocute a line worker or neighbor on the same circuit. Never try to power your house by plugging a portable generator into a household outlet!

For more information, visit the National Hurricane Center website.

Questions? Feel free to ask.

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