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Home Community Matters Newsroom News Hurricane season is here: Are you ready?
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 11:06

Hurricane season is here: Are you ready?

As the tragic impact of Hurricane Harvey continues to be felt in and around Houston, Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) is reminding customers that being prepared is critical as we reach the peak of hurricane season in the United States.

“Although things have been calm so far this season, we all know that the weather can change quickly and dramatically in New England, particularly at this time of the year,” said John Bilda, General Manager of NPU. “We encourage everyone to watch the weather very closely and take a few basic steps in the event a hurricane heads our way.”

Experts at the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project predicts that 2017 will have a higher number of named storms than average for the Atlantic region, including eight possible hurricanes. The peak hurricane season in the Atlantic region is between mid-August and mid-October.

Severe weather can create a range of public safety hazards for a prolonged period of time. NPU encourages its customers to keep the following tips in mind before, during and after any major weather event:

1.    Ahead of any storm, unplug appliances and power cords to protect them from power surges.

2.    Test your home’s carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms to make sure they are working.

3.    Always call 9-1-1 if you see a downed power line – and keep a safe distance away from any downed wire. These wires can energize the ground from up to 35 feet away.

4.    Make sure you have enough working flashlights for your entire family. Avoid using candles, which are a potential fire hazard.

5.    Do not enter flooded areas until a professional has indicated it is safe to do so; submerged outlets and cords can electrify water.

6.    Never operate a generator inside a home, garage or any partially enclosed space.

7.    Always use a transfer switch with generators to isolate utility power for generator power to prevent back-feeding, which is a potentially lethal hazard for linemen.

8.    Avoid driving during a storm, particularly through flood water, whenever possible. A car can be carried away in as little as two feet of water.

9.  Never drive over a downed power line or in water that is in contact with one.

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