Tips for weathering the storms.
Hurricane season is in full swing - a time when we get to know our storms on a first-name basis. We’ve had close encounters with Bill and Danny.
Hurricanes and tropical storms can bring all sorts of problems - and we're not just talking about ruining that trip to the Cape this weekend. That's why National Grid and NStar offer tips for consumers to follow during this stormy season.
- Be familiar with the terms: A ``hurricane watch'' is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24 to 36 hours, while a ``hurricane warning'' is issued when hurricane conditions are expected within 24 hours.
- Maintain a ``hurricane disaster supply kit'' that includes a first-aid kit, flashlights, batteries, candles, matches, a portable radio, drinking water, nonperishable food and specialty items such as diapers and pet food.
- Identify a watertight secure location for important documents and valuables in case you need to evacuate your home.
- Before the winds get strong, secure loose outdoor items such as lawn furniture and grills, or bring them inside. Wedge sliding glass doors to keep them from lifting off their tracks.
- Tie down moored boats, or move them to a secure location.
- Fill your car with gasoline.
- Avoid using the phone or electrical appliances during a strong lightning storm, except for emergencies.
- After the storm, report power outages or downed power lines to your local utilities, such as National Grid (800-465-1212) or NStar (800-592-2000). Assume all downed power lines are live with electricity and dangerous.
- If you see evidence of electrical system damage in your home, turn off the power at the main fuse box or circuit breaker and call an electrician.
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