Rocehster, N.Y. – RG&E and NYSEG have a few tips in case of an emergency due to weather.
1. Stay far away from downed power lines. Even lines that appear “dead” can be deadly.
2. Stay out of flooded basements because energized wiring or outlets below the water line may pose a hazard. Natural gas service in a flooded basement may also pose a danger. If a basement or home is in danger of flooding, customers should contact their utilities to turn off electricity and natural gas service.
3. Emergency generators can be dangerous. Carefully read, understand and follow manufacturer’s instructions when operating an emergency generator. Never run emergency generators indoors; operate them only outdoors in well-ventilated areas, away from windows and doors, and never in a garage.