Get Ahead of the Storm

Storm preparedness is important. The preparations you make ahead of bad weather can help you recover faster and stay safer during the storm and the cleanup. Here are a few tips to be prepared:

  1. Consider the damage a storm might cause.
  2. Take stock of your equipment and make sure it is in good working order.
  3. Find your safety gear and store the gear in an accessible area with your equipment. Avoid the scramble for sturdy shoes, safety goggles, hard hats, flashlights with working batteries and work gloves.
  4. Review the owner’s manuals for your equipment. Know how to operate your equipment safely.
  5. Keep the right fuel and 2-stroke oil on hand for your outdoor power equipment. Fuel stations may be closed after a storm.
  6. Use generators safely. Generators should never be used in an enclosed area, even if the windows or doors are open. Place the generator outside and away from windows, doors and vents. Keep the generator dry and do not use it in wet conditions. Before refueling, turn the generator off and let it cool down.
  7. If removing water after a flood, use pumps safely. Never operate a centrifugal pump without water in the pump casing. Self-priming pumps require water to be added to the pump casing to start the priming process.
  8. Follow safe procedures when using chain saws. Stand with your weight on both feet and adjust your stance so you’re angled away from the blade and hold the chain saw with both hands. Never overreach or cut anything above your shoulder height. Understand kickback, which may happen when the moving chain at the tip of the guide bar touches an object. - NAPSI