Here are some good safety tips to consider when the weather is stormy.
- If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move or touch them with any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or water. Report all downed wires to 911 immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
- Do not drive through flooded roadways. Flood depths and currents can be deceiving, placing you at greater risk of danger.
- If your power goes out, turn off all lights and appliances to prevent overloaded circuits when power is restored. Leave at least one light switch in the on position to alert you when power has been restored.
- Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are in working order. Use candles and oil lamps with care. Also, make sure you have a supply of extra batteries. Weather updates and news on restorations of electrical service can be heard on most local radio and television stations.
- Avoid opening your freezer to see if food is still frozen. Every time you open the door, room-temperature air enters and speeds the thawing process. Most fully loaded freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 36 to 48 hours; half-full freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 24 hours.
- Make sure your cordless and cellular phones are fully charged. Consider maintaining at least one corded, or landline, phone at all times.
- Additional Storm Safety Information:
NYSEG Storm Safety Tips
Central Hudson Gas & Electric: Before The Storm