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Post-storm Safety Tips

- Apr 23, 2018 -

Here's where to place your generator:

  • Place a minimum of 15 feet from any opening such as windows, patio doors, and open garage doors

  • Ensure the wind is not blowing generator fumes towards any open windows. Be cautious of blowing gas fumes toward your neighbor's open windows and thus creating a hazardous situation for them

  • Turn off the generator before refueling and allow the generator to cool before refueling

  • Use the proper size electrical cords with no cuts or frays

  • Do not pinch the cords in doors or windows


Here's where to place your generator:

  • Place a minimum of 15 feet from any opening such as windows, patio doors, and open garage doors

  • Ensure the wind is not blowing generator fumes towards any open windows. Be cautious of blowing gas fumes toward your neighbor's open windows and thus creating a hazardous situation for them

  • Turn off the generator before refueling and allow the generator to cool before refueling

  • Use the proper size electrical cords with no cuts or frays

  • Do not pinch the cords in doors or windows

 

More tips:

  • If your home experiences flooding, make sure to keep your power off until your home is inspected

  • If you smell gas in your home or neighborhood, notify emergency authorities immediately. Don't turn on lights or light matches

  • Treat all downed wires as if they are live even if you don't see sparks. Alert authorities of downed lines

  • Clear away dirt, debris, small tree limbs and rocks from the saw's chain path. Look for nails, spikes or other metal in the tree before cutting

  • Shut off the saw or engage its chain brake when carrying the saw on rough or uneven terrain

  • Keep your hands on the saw's handles, and maintain secure footing while operating the saw

  • Proper personal protective equipment must be worn when operating the saw, which includes hand, foot, leg, eye, face, hearing and head protection

  • Do not wear loose-fitting clothing

  • Be careful that the trunk or tree limbs will not bind against the saw

  • Watch for branches under tension, they may spring out when cut

  • Gasoline-powered chain saws must be equipped with a protective device that minimizes chain saw kickback

  • Be cautious of saw kickback. To avoid kickback, do not saw with the tip. If equipped, keep tip guard in place


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