Safety tips for winter weather

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Jackson Fire Department has released a list of safety tips due to the threat for inclement weather across West Tennessee.

Power lines

  • Be alert to the possibility of electrical hazards. A heavy build-up of ice or snow on trees and power lines can cause widespread power outages. Prolonged outages can increase the risk of residential fires.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and be alert to the possibility that tree limbs or debris may hide an electrical hazard.
  • Treat all downed and hanging power lines as if they are energized. Contact the electric utility.
  • A power line does not need to be sparking or arcing to indicate it is energized.
  • Other utility lines can become energized if they come in contact with an electrical line.
  • Lines that appear to be “dead can become re-energized as crews work to restore power, or sometimes from improper use of improperly installed generators.

Power loss

  • Make sure your smoke and carbon dioxide alarms have fresh batteries are working.
  • Never use candles for emergency lighting as things can catch on fire.
  • Use flashlights for emergency lighting and stock up on extra batteries.
  • Never use your stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Never use a charcoal grill inside the home or in an enclosed area because charcoal grills give off deadly carbon monoxide gas.
  • Generators can be deadly if they are not used correctly. Do not run a generator in an enclosed or partially enclosed structure. Keep generators outside in a dry, protected area and away from windows or air intake.

For more information, call (731) 425-8350.

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