After a Storm
Cleaning Up After a Storm
Once the weather clears, it's time to take stock of the damage and make a plan to resume normal life.
Storms Leave Quite a Mess Behind
- Avoid downed wires, including wires tangled in trees or bushes. Always assume that wires are energized. Call PSEG Long Island at 1-800-490-0075 immediately to report a downed wire. Keep everyone else at least 300 feet away, too.
- Avoid parking near downed wires, if possible. Do not drive over them, either, because they can get tangled easily in your vehicle.
- Use extreme caution if you're using a generator during a power outage. Keep generators outside, follow the manufacturer's instructions, and never connect a generator to your home's electrical system.
- Use battery-operated lights and flashlights rather than candles, which are a fire hazard.
- Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed when the power goes out. Unopened refrigerators keep food cold and safe for a few hours.
- Half-full freezers hold food safely for up to 24 hours; full freezers preserve food between 36 and 48 hours.
- Extend food storage by packing milk, dairy products, meats, fish, poultry, eggs, and other foods in a cooler surrounded by ice.
- To determine if the food in your freezer has thawed and re-frozen, store an ice cube in a plastic bag before the power goes out. If the cube melts from its original shape, you'll know power was off for an extended time and your frozen food isn't safe.