|Staying Safe after a Storm Has Passed|
For Release: June 9, 2014
Contact: Kyla Kruse, 217-546-6815, firstname.lastname@example.org
Staying Safe after a Storm Has Passed
(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) - High winds, hail, and tornadoes swept across the Great Plains Sunday and Monday, causing injuries and damage to property. This storm system brings the threat of more severe weather as it moves across the country. Safe Electricity cautions that once the storm has passed, it does necessarily mean that the danger has. Look out for possible electrical hazards left behind by storms.
"Debris left from storms can hide dangers, like downed power lines," says Molly Hall, executive director of the Safe Electricity program. "Make sure you and your family consider potential dangers during any cleanup after a storm."
Never touch downed power lines or objects in contact with those lines. Touching a downed line or something that it has fallen over, like a fence or a tree limb, could get you injured or killed. A downed power line does not have to be arcing or smoking to be deadly. Stay away, and instruct others to do the same. If you come across downed power lines, call 911 and your utility immediately.
Other things to consider after the storm:
Do not venture out on roads after storm unless you have to. If you are driving and come along a downed power line, stay away and warn others to stay away. Contact emergency personal or your utility company to address the downed power line. If your vehicle comes in contact with a downed power line, do not leave the car. Wait for utility and emergency professionals to make sure the power line is de-energized before exiting the car.
When it comes time to clean up after the storm, do not use water-damaged electronics before properly restoring them. Electric motors in appliances should be cleaned and reconditioned before use. It may be necessary to replace some of your appliances and electronics. Have your water-damaged items inspected and approved by a professional before using them.
Find more information on electrical safety and storms at SafeElectricity.org.
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