Tis’ the season where skies go from sunny to scary within minutes. Preparation is key when it comes to weathering storm season in southwest Florida. Below are some tips to help you and yours stay safe during storm season:
• Always keep a battery-operated radio, flashlights, and an adequate supply of new batteries on hand. These will prove to be essential items in the event of a temporary power outage.
• Have a backup source of power ready for anyone requiring life-support equipment (such as a respirator).
• In the event of a power outage, disconnect large appliances and turn off your lights and air conditioner. Once power is restored, having all these appliances come on simultaneously may cause a power surge that could damage them. You may want to leave one light on to let you know when your power is restored.
• Stay away from downed power lines!
If you notice that you are the only home in your neighborhood without electricity, report the outage to your power company. Be sure to check if your breakers are on before you call to report an outage. LCEC customers can call 239-656-2300 or 800-599-2356. One of our representatives or the LCEC Interactive Voice Response system will provide you with as much information as possible.
For more information on how to stay safe during storm season, visit www.lcec.net.
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