This Sunday, the state of Maine is expecting a storm which has the potential to bring up to ½ inch of ice! Here at Winslow Community FCU we want all our members to be safe and have important information and tips on how they can weather the storm. Here are some of our tips for how to stay safe in an ice storm:
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1. Prepare Your Emergency Kit Now
Since Saturday’s temperatures will be in the 50s, it’s the perfect time to make sure your emergency kit is well stocked for the storm. Make sure your emergency kit includes batteries, flashlights, salt/sand, shovels, bottled water, etc.
2. Turn Your Refrigerator to its Coldest Settings
3. Book a Hotel Room
If you require power for medical, business, or personal reasons you may want to consider booking a hotel room for Sunday. Check with your local hotel to see if they have special rates or deals for storms.
4. Drive Safely & Watch out for Electrical Hazards
If you absolutely must venture out on Sunday, make sure you are being cautious of your surroundings on the road. Ice is heavy and can cause trees to break and weigh down powerlines. If you see any powerlines that are down, assume that they are live and avoid them at all costs. Be mindful that a fallen tree could be hiding electrical hazards.
5. Unplug During an Outage
In order to avoid a power surge once the power turns back on, try to unplug your appliances and plug them back in one and time when the power returns. Turn off all of the lights in your house, except one. When the one light comes back on – you will know that your power has returned.
6. Stay Safe Using Alternative Heating
Generators are great for providing you with backup power to keep yourself warm during a power outage. However, they can also give off deadly carbon monoxide gas. Do not operate generators or propane appliances inside your house or garage, because this may lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. If you do not have a carbon monoxide detector installed, you may want to consider it. If you do, make sure you have back up batteries ready to go just in case.