|Know How to Stay Safe After a Hurricane|
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Know How to Stay Safe After a Hurricane
Give Your Family “TLC”
(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) — Televised reports of natural disasters where wind is involved frequently display electrical arcs from power lines and damaged transformers. While spectacular in nature, they also illustrate the potential electrocution danger associated with natural disasters. Hurricanes can tear apart the electrical grid, increasing the danger for both the public and utility workers.
When Hurricane Hugo struck Puerto Rico in 1989 all nine fatalities were from electrocution, and four people who lost their lives were working to restore power after the storm. Three others died when they touched energized power lines. Hurricane Isabel’s strike against North America in 2003 was blamed for the deaths of three utility workers who were removing lines from tree branches. In 2011, electrocution fatalities from Hurricane Irene included a man who tried to save his neighbors—a father and his 5-year-old son—who had come in contact with a fence that was electrified by a downed electrical line. The five-year-old was in critical condition for two weeks before losing his life as well.
“Power lines can be dangerous for anyone, even professionals,” says Molly Hall, Safe Electricity Executive Director. “It is important for everyone to understand the dangers of electricity.”
Safe Electricity initiated “Teach Learn Care TLC,” an electrical safety awareness campaign to encourage everyone to “Teach what you know, Learn what you need to, and Care enough to share it with those you love.”
“TLC is the fabric of preparedness,” says Hall. “Remember TLC to ensure that loved ones know about electrical hazards that can be left in a disaster’s wake.”
Important safety measures include:
Make sure everyone knows what to do in the event of a disaster. To learn more about safety in the wake of storms, visit www.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.