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February
2014
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06:00 AM
America/New_York

What to Do After the Storm

As winter weather makes its way into northeast Georgia, so does the potential for storms that could interrupt your electric power supply. Be vigilant when it comes to safety by remembering these tips for dealing with lack of electricity after the storm.

Outside: 

  • Treat all downed lines as if they are live, carrying electricity and dangerous. Don’t touch or try to move them, and be sure to keep children and animals away from them.
     
  • Report power outages and downed power lines to Jackson EMC. If the line is down across a road or appears to pose an immediate hazard, call 911.
     
  • Stay clear of puddles, fences, trees or any other object in contact with a power line.
     
  • If a power line falls across a car you’re in, stay in the car. If you must leave the car, jump clear so that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.
     
  • Listen to local radio stations or check your Jackson EMC mobile app for status reports about affected areas and power restoration activities.
     

Inside:

  • Don’t burn charcoal or run gasolinepowered equipment in an enclosed space. They may produce carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas.
     
  • Don’t leave candles unattended and keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials.
     
  • Turn off heating and air conditioning systems and unplug sensitive electronic appliances such as TVs, VCRs, microwave ovens and home computers. This will protect them against potential electrical overload when power returns.
     
  • To ensure safety when using electric generators, read and follow the safety, maintenance and testing instructions in the operating manual.
     
  • Don’t open refrigerators or freezers more than necessary. The fridge will keep food safely cold (at or below 40 degrees) for about four hours if left closed. A full freezer will hold its optimum temperature (at or below 0 degrees) for about 48 hours when the door is not opened. Use dry or block ice to keep the refrigerator or freezer as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time.