TID: Undertake precautions for windstorms
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Nov 30, 2011 | 1161 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fierce winds can lead to numerous safety hazards, and Turlock Irrigation District officials are urging residents to be on guard during the next couple of days.

With possible wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour being forecasted by the National Weather Service for Thursday, Dec. 1, TID says it is important to take precautions to help ensure general public safety as well as the reliability of electrical service.

Prior to any storm:

• Know how to stay safe around electricity. Many common Electrical Safety Tips are featured within the Education & Safety section of TID’s website.

• Trees with heavy branches near power lines should be trimmed, especially for customers who receive power from overhead service wires.

• Lighter outside items that could potentially blow away during strong winds should be stored inside.

• Create or purchase a storm preparedness kit and have it readily available. Have flashlights and extra batteries handy, along with a battery-operated radio and first-aid kit. Having bottled water and nonperishable foods handy is also a good idea.

• Use surge protectors to safeguard important electrical devices and appliances.

• Know how to manually operate and lock electric-operated garage doors.

During/after the storm:

• TID customers experiencing power loss for longer than five minutes should call TID’s 24-hour service line at 883-8301.

• Stay far away from downed power lines and never touch them. If a person finds a downed power line or downed power pole, he or she should immediately call 9-1-1 or TID’s 24-hour service line at 883-8301.

• Do not attempt to clear branches or debris from downed power lines. Always assume downed power lines are energized. Do not attempt to rescue someone in contact with a downed power line.

• As always, drive with caution. Traffic signals with power outages should be treated as stop signs in all directions.

For more information visit www.tid.org or www.fema.gov.

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