Staying Safe Around Electricity Power lines

To help you and your family stay safe, OUC wants you to remember to:

  • Stay away from downed power lines and call OUC immediately at 407-423-9018 to report a problem.  Assume the downed line is energized and never touch or try to move it.  If someone comes in contact with a downed line, don’t attempt a rescue. Espere a que OUC y el personal de emergencia puedan responder.
  • Look up first and keep cranes, ladders, tree-pruners, TV antennas and other equipment at least 10 feet from power lines.  Depending on voltage, electricity can arc to equipment that’s near a power line—even if it’s not touching the line.
  • Nunca pode árboles que estén cerca de cables de alta tensión.
  • Nunca se suba a torres o postes de servicios públicos.
  • Manténgase alejado de las cercas de subestaciones eléctricas y equipos.
  • Avoid flying kites or model airplanes near power lines.  If these objects become entangled in a line, they can become a conductor of electricity.
  • Stay calm if your equipment or vehicle comes in contact with a power line.  Assume the line is energized and stay in your vehicle unless you are in immediate danger from fire or a moving power line. Si usted se ve forzado a salir de su vehículo, salte tan lejos como sea posible, y caiga con los dos pies juntos. Asegúrese de que ninguna parte de su cuerpo toque el equipo y la tierra en el mismo momento. Call 9-1-1 as soon as possible and don’t return to the vehicle until emergency personnel declare it safe.


Staying Safe During a FloodFlood

Floods are the most frequent and common natural disaster in the United States and often occur after a hurricane or several days of sustained localized rainfall. Flash floods can occur suddenly, destroying everything in their path. Stay safe by following these recommendations:

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.
  • Know types of flood risk in your area.
  • If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container.
  • Understand and review evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
  • Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off.
  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves.
  • Downed lines can be hidden by flood waters and there is no way of knowing if a downed line is still live. Keep your distance – at least 35ft, and assume all downed lines are live.
  • If water is rising near your home or business, turn off electricity at the main breaker. Evacuate your home and do not return until waters have completely receded. Once back in your home, have an electrician check the building's wiring before using electricity.


Tornado SafetyTornado

Una alerta de tornado le informa que es posible que se produzcan tornados en el área de la alerta o en los alrededores. Una advertencia de tornado indica que ya se ha visto uno o se lo ha detectado mediante el radar meteorológico. Las advertencias de tornado indican un peligro inminente para la vida o los bienes materiales.

Si su área está bajo alerta de tornados:

  • Listen to your local radio stations, watch your local news or listen to NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Stay alert, watch for signs a tornado is approaching. Also look for the following: dark, often greenish clouds, a wall cloud, a funnel cloud, a cloud of debris, large hail, a roaring noise.
  • Busque refugio. No se acerque a las ventanas. Vaya al punto más bajo de su casa, o bien a una habitación o pasillo que no tenga ventanas. Como último recurso, ubíquese debajo de un mueble pesado y aléjese de las ventanas.
  • Si está afuera y no encuentra refugio, busque el punto más bajo del terreno, como una zanja. Cúbrase la cabeza con las manos o con una frazada, si es posible.
  • Learn more at Ready.gov - “Tornadoes” and FEMA - “Be Prepared for a Tornado”


Generator SafetyGenerator

If you plan to use a generator in the event of a power outage, remember these tips to keep you, your family, your neighbors and OUC’s line crews safe:

  • Coloque el generador fuera de su hogar y alejado de ventanas y puertas abiertas para prevenir la acumulación de monóxido de carbono.
  • Conecte los electrodomésticos directamente al generador, o use una extensión de alta resistencia y clasificada para exteriores.
  • Do not use a generator in rainy or wet conditions.  Operate it on a dry surface and use a canopy-like structure to keep out moisture.
  • Learn more at Red Cross - “Safe Generator Use” and OSHA - “Using Portable Generators Safely”
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) – an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled – from these sources can build up in your home and poison the people and animals inside.  Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed or nauseated.

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