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State police reminds citizens to use caution after ice storm

The Michigan State Police reminds everyone to use extreme caution as recovery efforts continue after a weekend ice storm caused power outages and downed trees and power lines.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) continue to work with local emergency management partners to ensure communities have all the resources they need to respond and recover.

“This weekend’s ice storm has severely impacted our communities,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy

Winter-road-Katie-TrollaState Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD.

“We are closely monitoring the situation to ensure the public health and safety of Michigan citizens.”

Power Outage Safety

Below are some reminders on staying safe during a power outage:

·  Stay at least 25 feet from any downed lines and assume that every line is “live” and dangerous.

·  If clearing trees or limbs, make certain they are not in contact with a power line. Trees and branches can conduct electricity and electrocute you on contact.

·  Do not call 911 to ask about the power outage. Report outages to your utility company.

·  Never run a generator indoors. Ensure it is outside and far away from windows or any other area where exhaust can vent back into a living area. Carbon monoxide can cause injury or death.

·  Have an emergency preparedness kit ready with supplies to last three days per person (e.g., food, water, first aid kit, hand-crank flashlight and radio, extra clothing and blankets).

·  Check on elderly and disabled neighbors to ensure they are safe.

·  Use battery-powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power. If you use candles, make sure they are in safe holders away from curtains, paper, wood or other flammable items. Never leave a candle burning when you are out of the room.

·  Use extreme caution when driving. If traffic signals are out, treat each signal as a stop sign. Come to a complete stop at every intersection and look before you proceed.

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