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Winter Safety Be Prepared for Ice Storms and Winter Power Outages


A little rain and temperatures hovering around 32 degrees are the right blend for an ice storm that can bring down trees and power lines. While ice-covered branches may be beautiful, heavy ice accumulation will pull down utility wires, disrupting electric and communication services. A power line does not need to be sparking or arcing to be en-


ergized, even if it is sagging close to or on the ground, and other utility lines can also become energized by being in contact with an electrical line. Lines that appear to be “dead” can become energized as crews work to restore power, or sometimes from improper use of emergency generators. It is best to assume all low and downed lines are energized and dangerous. Lake Region Electric Cooperative stresses the importance of being prepared for these potentially dangerous storms and the potential power outages that they may cause. Having the right supplies and knowing how to safely stay warm are keys to weathering a winter storm emergency.          and a supply of fresh batteries on hand.


 Make sure you have extra blankets.  Fill containers with water for washing, and keep a supply of bottled drinking water on hand.


 Keep a supply of non-perishable food items, along with a hand opener for canned food.


 Never use a charcoal grill to cook or heat with in- side the home. Burning charcoal gives off deadly carbon monoxide gas.


 Stay inside and dress warmly in layered clothing.  Close off unneeded rooms.  When using an alternate heat source, follow operat-  properly ventilate.


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Compared to other types of home heating fuel, electricity prices have remained the most stable over the past ten years. This graph shows the average annual price increase from 2000 to 2010 for each fuel type.


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