Top 10 Rules for Storm Safety
If the lights go out, just remember these top ten rules for playing it safe during a storm.
1. Have a storm safety kit handy. You can make your own kit at home with help from a grown-up.
2. Stay inside during thunderstorms and blizzards. Lightning, wind and ice can damage power lines, making them very dangerous. It's also important to stay off the phone and computer during a storm too.
3. Use flashlights instead of candles. Using candles during a storm is a big fire hazard.
4. Don’t open the refrigerator or freezer unless you absolutely need to. Keeping the door closed as much as possible will make the food last longer.
5. If your power goes out, have a grown-up notify the power company right away. The more calls or notifications they get, the faster they can find and fix the problem.
6. Don’t try to use a gas appliance to keep warm. Using a gas appliance the wrong way can cause deadly carbon monoxide. Bundle up in layers of clothes instead.
7. Ask a grown-up to unplug as many appliances as possible. This will help prevent damage when the power comes back on.
8. Don’t play near portable generators or heaters. This equipment is very dangerous, so stay far away.
9. Stay away from damaged or downed power lines. Even utility workers can't tell if a power line is energized just by looking at it.
10. Remind grown-ups to watch out for power lines when they're cleaning up outside. If power lines are running through damaged trees, call the electric company for help.
Links for teachers and parents:
• Alliant Energy Storm & Outage Center
• American Red Cross: Prepare Your Home and Family
• Federal Emergency Management Agency: Plan & Prepare
• National Weather Service: Weather Safety
• National Safety Council: Emergency Preparedness Plan