Safety remains the top priority in the wake of a severe storm. Make sure you and your family are aware that hazards that could be hidden by tree limbs and debris, dangers such as downed power lines or electrical equipment in contact with the wet ground.
Stay away from and report any downed or sagging lines. They should be considered energized and dangerous, until utility linemen can assure they are de-energized and the area is safe.
If a power outage occurs and you use a standby generator, make sure a transfer safety switch is used. This prevents electricity from traveling back through the power lines, what’s known as “back feed.” Back feed creates danger for anyone near lines, particularly crews working to restore power.
Learn more about operating generators safely and safety in the wake of storms at www.SafeElectricity.org.