Safety Tips for Snow/Ice Storm Cleanup

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By WXedge Staff on January 28, 2013, 11:00am Last modified: January 28, 2013, 8:21pm

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While roadways will become slick, there are also other hazards to be aware of during icy weather events. Some areas that see prolonged freezing rain could see isolated power outages and some limbs and power lines could come down. It does not take much for a glaze of ice to start causing problems.

United Illuminating (UI) has some tips related to storm-cleanup and power outages:

--Take note of overhead lines before cleaning gutters, removing snow from the roof or performing other outdoor work at home. Assume that all overhead lines are energized, even if you’ve lost power, unless your utility or a licensed electrician informs you otherwise.

--When carrying ladders and long-handled tools, check your path to make sure you won’t cross overhead lines.

--Always keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet away from overhead lines, including lines from the pole to your home.

--Use only non-conductive ladders when working near overhead power lines.

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