|Make Safety a Priority When Preparing for a Hurricane|
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kyla Kruse, 217-546-6815
Make Safety a Priority When Preparing for a Hurricane
(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) — The peak season for hurricanes in the Atlantic lasts from August to October, according to the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. As hurricanes develop and make their way towards potential landfall, coastal residents prepare their homes for such storms.
In an effort to make sure that as people work to protect their homes, the work doesn’t result in increased injuries, Safe Electricity urges all homeowners to take the proper precautions—especially when working around electrical equipment and overhead power lines.
Safety tips to keep in mind include:
Electrical sparks can potentially ignite natural gas if it is leaking. FEMA recommends locating your electricity circuit box and teaching all responsible household members where and how to shut off the electricity so that you are prepared in case you are instructed to turn off the utility service at your home. For your safety, always shut off all the individual circuits before shutting off the main circuit breaker.
Help keep your family safe when a hurricane threat presents itself by staying informed, planning, and safely preparing for the storm. For more information visit SafeElectricity.org.
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The Energy Education Council is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety and energy efficiency. Established in 1952, the Council is headquartered within the University of Illinois Extension, and serves as a forum for diverse utility and energy organizations to collaborate on the mutually vital issues of efficiency and safety. Learn more at www.EnergyEdCouncil.org.