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Snohomish County Fire District 1 and the Lynnwood Fire Department consolidated on Oct. 1 to become South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue.

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Once again this month, as throughout 2017, we’re leaning on the Do1Thing website for our content and our action steps as we talk about ways to plan for power outages during and following a disaster.

Week 3

Power: Acquire and learn how to safely use a portable generator

By Darrell Dorr

October 18, 2017

Using a properly-connected generator of adequate size during a power outage will reduce the impact a power outage has on your life. Before you buy a generator, talk to an electrician about the size and type you need. Think about what you want your generator to run. Generators can be used to keep food cool, provide lights and electricity for phones and television, and power furnace blowers and pumps.

The best way to use a portable generator is to connect it to your home using a transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician. This will keep the power from overloading the wiring in your home. It will also keep the power from your generator from traveling back into the power lines, which can injure or kill people working on power lines, or can unexpectedly re-energize downed power lines near your home. You may also connect equipment directly to the outlets on the generator, but be sure that any extension cords are of the proper length and gauge to handle the power requirements.

Always run generators outside. Never use a generator inside a house, in a basement, or garage. Never use a cord from a generator to backfeed a circuit in your house. 

Week 2

Power: Have flashlights and radios ready and accessible

By Darrell Dorr

October 13, 2017

When the lights go out, the safest way to provide emergency lighting is with flashlights or battery-powered lanterns. Keep flashlights with fresh batteries in several places throughout your home, and regularly check them for proper operation. Always keep a supply of extra batteries. Think about buying a rechargeable flashlight. Batteries might be hard to obtain in a disaster. 

Week 1

Power:  An overview of safety guideline

By Darrell Dorr

October 9, 2017

We count on electricity for heat, food, and medical needs. Many gas appliances need electricity to run. A power outage is an emergency that often follows another emergency—like an earthquake or winter storm. That makes it even more important to be prepared in advance.

Overview guidelines in power outage safety:

  • Discard food if the temperature in your refrigerator exceeds 40 degrees for more than two hours.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and anything they contact, such as fences or buildings.
  • Never drive over downed power lines; they may be energized.
  • Never use charcoal or gas grills inside a structure; you may be overcome by carbon monoxide.
  • If you must use candles, be sure to use them safely. Never leave candles burning unattended.

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