Be wary of downed power lines after a storm

Be wary of downed power lines after a storm

After a hurricane, it is important to watch for dangers that might not be immediately apparent as you return to your home.

When cleaning your yard, be wary of downed power lines.  As power is restored, downed power lines could spring to life without warning, snapping like a fully charged, loose water hose and posing an immediate deadly hazard. If you see downed lines in your community, report them right away.

Here are additional tips to speed the cleanup process:

  • Bag small waste, such as leaves and sticks, to help crews speed the cleanup.
  • Cut large debris to four-foot lengths and keep piles under four feet high.
  • Put household garbage and recycling materials out on the normal trash days.
  • Separate hazardous substances, such as pesticides, paints, antifreeze and other chemical products, from regular household waste.
  • Report illegal dumping to your local government, law enforcement, or environmental agency.
  • Call professionals to remove large items, such as uprooted trees.
  • Do not burn debris piles. There may be natural gas leaks in your area.

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