Florida Power and Light has provided homeowners the following useful tips for hurricane season:

Using a ladder before a storm:

  • Take note of power lines before you begin.
  • Make sure scaffolds and the ends of tools you are using are at least 10 feet away from the power lines.
  • If you are going to be lowering a TV antenna or satellite dish, make sure to turn off and unplug TV before doing so.

Setting up a generator:

  • Set up generators outside and connect appliances directly to the unit.
  • Do not wire a generator directly to the breaker or fuse box; the power can flow back into power lines and cause injuries.
  • Never operate a generator inside your home or garage; the toxins released can be fatal.
  • Keep generators away from open windows so exhaust does not enter your home or neighbor’s home.

After a Storm:

  • In the case of severe damage, make sure to stay away from downed power lines, flooding, and debris.
  • Don’t walk in standing water.
  • Don’t venture out in the dark because you might not see a line which could be dangerous. If you see a downed power line, call 911 or 1-800-4-OUTAGE.

To see more FPL safety tips visit www.FPL.com/storm.