Winter Safety Tips: After the Storm
Check out these safety tips to make sure you are fully prepared for the next winter storm.
Downed power lines can be energized and deadly. Be especially careful when clearing debris. It may hide downed lines, and wet tree limbs and wood can conduct electricity. Keep your distance from power lines and report any hazards immediately at 1-800-9OUTAGE (968-8243).
Avoid walking near or around ice-covered power lines. During ice storms, the weight of the ice on power lines can cause them to snap and fall without warning.
When using generators, follow all manufacturers’ instructions. Never operate generators indoors—the exhaust is deadly. Have a licensed electrician connect your generator to your house. An improperly installed generator can send electricity back into the service wires, endangering your family, neighbors and our workers.
Have a licensed electrician inspect all damaged wiring, equipment and electrical appliances before use.