Ice storms often bring down power lines simply because of the weight that is placed on them, and communities may be without power for several hours or even days.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) January 18, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration services in the United States, is offering tips on remaining safe during ice storm conditions. Winter weather will be moving across much of the southeastern US this weekend, and ice conditions are especially dangerous.
Ice storms often bring down power lines simply because of the weight that is placed on them. Once those lines come down, power to surrounding communities may be out for several hours or even days. When this happens, there are steps to be taken to preserve heat and remain safe.
Once power is out, it is important to preserve heat. Rooms that are not commonly used should be sealed off, closing the doors and placing towels under the doors; this will keep heat confined to the areas where the occupants spend most of their time. Windows should be covered over at night to prevent heat from escaping. And occupants of the home should dress in several warm layers of clothing in order to prevent hypothermia. Venturing outside is not recommended unless absolutely necessary.
If the downed power lines are encountered, they should be avoided, since they present the very real threat of severe or fatal electrical shock. Many times these power lines may be hidden under fallen tree limbs or debris, where they may not be immediately discovered. All power lines should be treated as “live”. Even inactive power lines may suddenly become active once the electricity is restored to the area.
Any and all power lines that are encountered should be reported to local electric company officials.
Alternative heating devices should be operated according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Heating elements such as gas grills should not be operated inside due to the danger presented by carbon monoxide emissions.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water and severe weather damage and restoration services in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.