|Safe Electricity Provides Tips on Winter Storm Safety|
For Release: December 20, 2012
Contact: Kyla Kruse, 217-546-6815
Tips on Winter Storm Safety
(SPRINGFIELD, ILL.)—Just before the official start of winter, a winter storm has fallen on the Pacific Northwest and swept across mountain and plain states. Called winter storm Draco by the Weather Channel, the storm has brought high winds up to 80 miles an hour, ice, hail, and up to a foot of snow in some areas of the country. Along with these weather conditions comes the chance of power outages and hazards that can remain after the storm is gone. Safe Electricity reminds everyone that it is important to know what to do to keep everyone safe and warm.
“Strong winds, heavy snow, and accumulating ice can bring down power lines, cutting off power to homes and businesses,” explains Molly Hall, executive director of the Safe Electricity program. “This winter storm already caused damage to property and power outages for so many people.”
Safe Electricity encourages you to brush up on your knowledge of storm safety. The following tips will help keep you warm and safe during and after the storm:
“The first step in dealing with winter storms is preparation,” says Hall. “Being prepared for a potential power outage can make riding out a prolonged outage safer and more comfortable. Before the next storm comes through, make sure to update and replenish your emergency preparedness kit with items such as water, nonperishable food, blankets, medications, a first-aid kit, flashlights, and batteries.”Stay safe and warm this holiday season. For more information on electrical safety, visit SafeElectricity.org.
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