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Lakeland Electric's tips for a storm
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Lakeland Electric's tips for a storm

Lakeland, Florida -- 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 says the company is working very hard at providing reliable power to their customers and the utility takes great pride in restoration efforts during storm season.   

Lakeland Electric acts in the event of an emergency and they urge customers to do the same:

Here are the company's 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. 

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