Windstorm on its way – you can prepare

High winds will slam Western Washington between 5 p.m. Sunday and 4 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

   PEMCO stands ready to handle customer claims and answer calls. Also, know that you can take steps now to prevent or limit damage:

  • Use common sense – stay out of harm’s way.
  • Never touch a downed power line or anything near it. Always assume it's energized. Never try to retrieve anything caught in a power line or from a tree near a power line.
  • Replace batteries in flashlights and portable radios.
  • Secure awnings, canopies (including truck canopies), garbage cans, barbecues, and other items that could blow away.
  • If you rely on a well (and an electric pump) for your water, store some water beforehand in gallon containers.
  • Don’t rely on cordless phones, which don’t work when there’s no power.
  • Unplug TVs, stereos, computers, and appliances to prevent surges when power is restored.
  • If you lose power, do not use a camp stove, barbecue, or gas lantern in the house. Use them outdoors only. Otherwise, there’s a serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Never use a generator indoors, inside the garage, or near the air intake of your house because of carbon monoxide danger.
  • Be extremely cautious when using candles, which are a leading cause of fires even under normal circumstances. Burn candles only in noncombustible containers, and never leave them unattended.
  • Be cautious at intersections, where traffic lights might lose power.

Here's the storm warning that appears in The Seattle Times.

by  Jon Osterberg

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