Prepare Now for Winter Weather
While many of us dream of a white Christmas, winter weather, including snow, ice or just frigid air, can also present challenges. According to forecasts, our area will experience frigid teams and wind gusts beginning tomorrow. While we don’t anticipate power outages, high wind gusts can cause tree limbs to brush up against power lines which could lead to outages.
Takes steps to prepare now for this blast of winter weather:
• Prevent your pipes from freezing by turning your faucets on just enough so they can drip.
• If using a space heater or heat lamp, be sure to place it on a solid surface at least three feet away from anything combustible. Always turn off space heaters before leaving the room or going to sleep.
• Never leave a fireplace unattended unless its embers are completely extinguished. Also consider using a glass or metal fire screen to catch sparks and rolling logs, and never store flammable liquids near sources of heat.
• Know how to use your generator. Generators should be placed in an open and ventilated area. They should never be operated inside a home—including spaces like the basement and garage—due to the danger of inhaling carbon monoxide fumes.
• Do not try to trim trees near power lines or remove fallen limbs from lines.
• If there is a downed power line nearby, leave the area immediately and notify your cooperative or call 911. If others are around, let them know they need to stay away.
• Report any power outages to Halifax EMC by calling 1-800-690-0522.