How to stay safe during power outages

Raleigh County
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On Sunday, April 14, many people experienced severe weather including high winds and rain resulting in power loss. There are a few different ways to get through the outage including having a generator or using candles.  

If you use candles, Adam Carrico with Beckley Fire Department advises you to make sure they are in a safe area in your home. 

“Lighting candles in your home can be dangerous, so if you are going to choose to use candles just use common sense and don’t put them around combustible items,” Carrico said.  

Carrico said if you do lose power there are some things home owners can do to protect their home when power does come back on. 

“In preparedness for your power to come back … shut all your big power sources off in your house,” Carrico said. “Turn off light switches so when the power comes back on it’s not a major surge on your system at your house that could possibly do damage.” 

He also said if you do see high water, turn around don’t drown. 

“Know more than one way to get somewhere,” Carrico said. “Know your area, know where water sits in major storms where water accumulates quickly and go the other way. Don’t drive through it if you don’t know how deep it is. Don’t drive through it if it’s moving.” 

Carrico also said a good thing for people to do is have an extra blanket and food in your car in case you get stuck. 

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