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Glendale, AZ - Be Glendale Monsoon Ready
Ready, Set, Safe at Home
When the storm hits, it’s best to keep your family safe at home. But, there are still dangers to be on the lookout for. Read the following tips to make sure your family and home is as safe as possible before the rain and wind begins.
- When a storm is coming, turn off all unnecessary power equipment to reduce the draw on power companies. Storms are prime times for power outages, and conserving energy will help everyone in the event of emergencies.
- Have extra light and power handy. Keep batteries, flashlights and a battery-operated radio or TV on hand to keep you informed during severe weather.
- Do not burn candles for light. Use flashlights for emergencies as a candle can easily be bumped, which can lead to a fire.
- Stay off the phone. Even cordless phones can cause a shock when lighting strikes nearby. Use cell phones only if necessary.
- Avoid plumbing fixtures. Do not bathe or swim during a lightning storm because lightning can travel along metal pipes.
- Keep away from windows. High winds can blow heavy debris and shatter a window.
- Protect your pets. Don't forget to gather up the family pets before the storm hits.
Lost your power? Follow these tips on what to do when the lights go out.
- Turn the big items off first. Switching off high-usage items like computers and televisions will help prevent overloading your system. It will also protect your electronics from voltage fluctuations when power returns.
- Use surge protectors. These simple and affordable devices can provide extra protection to expensive electronics. You can find them at any electronics or home improvement store.
- Tune in for information. Turn on your battery-powered radio or TV for updates on the power situation.
- Keep the cool air inside. Limit how often you open doors.
- Keep your freezer and refrigerator door closed. This will maintain the cold air already built up inside and help protect your food.
- Know your neighbors. It’s always good to have a helping hand and offer one when it’s needed.
- Report outages and concerns. Click here for contact information.