BE PREPARED DURING STORM SEASON
LAKELAND ELECTRIC’S ANNUAL HURRICANE GUIDE
LAKELAND, FL (June 26, 2012) – As evident with Tropical Storm Debby, Florida’s summer storms are upon us and we have already experienced a number of named storms early in the hurricane season. Lakeland Electric works very hard at providing reliable power to our customers and the utility takes great pride in restoration efforts during storm season. We all hope for a mild hurricane season but we need to be prepared for the possibility of several storms. Lakeland Electric acts in the event of an emergency and we urge our customers to do the same.
Lakeland Electric publishes a Hurricane Guide that has very useful information that helps customers prepare before, during and after a storm. The publication is available at the Lakeland Public Libraries and other City facilities such as City Hall, Simpson Park, Kelly Recreation Complex and Gandy Pool. The publication can also be downloaded from the Lakeland Electric homepage (lakelandelectric.com) or the City’s website (lakelandgov.net) by clicking on the Hurricane Guide highlight button on the home page.
The Hurricane Guide provides extensive information in preparing for a storm but here are five essential hurricane season tips to help Lakeland Electric customers during this year’s storm season.
1. Following a power outage, unplug all large appliances and electronics to prevent power surges that may occur when electricity is restored. These surges can often damage equipment and create fire hazards.
2. Remember the “three don’ts” when using generators: DON’T run a generator in the house; DON’T run a generator in the garage; and, DON’T plug the generator directly into your home’s main electrical system. The first two can lead to asphyxiation and the third can send an electrical charge back into the power grid, posing an electrocution hazard to utility workers. DO run the generator outside in a well-ventilated area and DO plug individual appliances directly into the generator.
3. Clear your patio and yard of lawn furniture, toys, potted plants, and other debris that could blow around in high winds and cause damage or injury.
4. Prior to the storm, identify the places around your home where you can shut off your gas, water and electricity. In an emergency, you’ll want to be able to turn them off quickly.
5. Create a hurricane survival kit that includes: first aid supplies, water, batteries, flashlights, battery powered radio, manual can opener, prescriptions, pet food, canned foods, cash, bleach, trash bags, charcoal or gas grill with plenty of fuel, wooden kitchen matches, a portable cooler and tarps with ropes. Don’t forget a hardwire phone because cordless phones will not work during a power outage.
Lakeland Electric is the third largest public power utility in the State of Florida. The utility is also one of the first utilities established in Florida having started operation in 1889. Today, power is generated at Lakeland Electric’s two primary base load plant sites, the 785-megawatt McIntosh Power Plants and the 93-megawatt Larsen Power Plant. For additional storm season tips or to view a 2012 Hurricane Guide please visit www.lakelandelectric.com.