**Electrical issues are something most homeowners miss!
I found a recent article on Alliant Energy about preparing for a storm. You can do this yourself and get your kids involved. Read the full article here.
To get started, you’ll need a big plastic box – one with a lid is best. Use a marker to write “SAFETY KIT” on a big piece of tape and stick on it on the box. Find a good place to keep the box so you can find it quickly when a storm hits. A coat closet or kitchen cabinet might be a spot. Now you’re ready to fill up your box.
You Will Need:
*Small fire extinguisher
*First aid supplies, like bandages
*Snacks like granola bars and fruit roll-ups
*If you have room, you can add stuff to play with while the lights are out – coloring books and crayons, a deck of cards, puzzles or board games.
**If there’s a baby in your house, keep some extra diapers, wipes and baby food in the safety kit too.
Another good thing to keep in your safety kit is a list of important information:
*Emergency telephone numbers, electric company, gas company, neighbors and relatives…
*Medicines that someone in your family might need
*A map of where to find the main shut-offs for the electricity, gas and water
*Instructions on how to open the garage door without the automatic opener
*Old-fashioned phones come in handy
It’s also a good idea to have at least one old-fashioned telephone with a cord in your house. If the power is out for a long time, a corded phone might be the only way you can call for help.
Did you know that, according to the NFPA, there is a carbon monoxide incident reported every 7 minutes in the United States? ARC Electric Company wants to help lower that statistic. So much so that we are willing to come out to your home to give a carbon monoxide detector at no charge! (see below)
Carbon Monoxide also known as the “Invisible Killer” is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.
What is carbon monoxide (CO) and how is it produced?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. It is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas. Products and equipment powered by internal combustion engines such as portable generators, cars, lawn mowers, and power washers also produce CO.
How can I prevent CO poisoning?
• Install a CO alarm that meets the requirements of the current UL 2034 safety standard. A CO alarm can provide some added protection, but it is no substitute for proper use and upkeep of appliances that can produce CO. Install a CO alarm in the hallway near every separate sleeping area of the home. Make sure the alarm cannot be covered up by furniture or draperies.
• Make sure appliances are installed and operated according to the manufacturer’s instructions and local building codes. Most appliances should be installed by qualified professionals. Have the heating system professionally inspected and serviced annually to ensure proper operation. The inspector should also check chimneys and flues for blockages, corrosion, partial and complete disconnections, and loose connections.
• Never service fuel-burning appliances without proper knowledge, skill and tools. Always refer to the owners manual when performing minor adjustments or servicing fuel-burning equipment.
• Never operate a portable generator or any other gasoline engine-powered tool either in or near an enclosed space such as a garage, house, or other building. Even with open doors and windows, these spaces can trap CO and allow it to quickly build to lethal levels.
What are the symptoms of CO poisoning?
Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people may not know that they are being exposed. The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu (but without the fever). They include:
• Shortness of breath
High level CO poisoning results in progressively more severe symptoms, including:
• Mental confusion
• Loss of muscular coordination
• Loss of consciousness
• Ultimately death
Symptom severity is related to both the CO level and the duration of exposure. For slowly developing residential CO problems, occupants and/or physicians can mistake mild to moderate CO poisoning symptoms for the flu, which sometimes results in tragic deaths. For rapidly developing, high level CO exposures (e.g., associated with use of generators in residential spaces), victims can rapidly become mentally confused, and can lose muscle control without having first experienced milder symptoms; they will likely die if not rescued.
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