Prepare yourself for the upcoming hurricane season

Published 11:05 am Monday, June 6, 2016

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with the peak period in September and October. Hurricanes can be deadly and cause severe damage.

The 2016 Hurricane Season is predicted to be above average. The chance of the United States being hit by a major storm are 70 percent greater than last year. Meteorologists expect 13 named storms will form in the Atlantic this season with six to become hurricanes.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns of dangers from generators that might be used if a hurricane knocks out electrical power. The commission offers these safety tips:

Never use a generator indoors or in a garage. Exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide, which can be deadly if inhaled. Use a portable generator outdoors in a dry, ventilated area away from attached garages or air intakes to the house. Do not store gasoline in the basement or in an attached garage where gasoline fumes could be ignited.

Plugging a generator into your household wiring incorrectly can produce a dangerous back-feed if electricity that can injure utility workers or cause damage to your home.

Test your generator regularly and follow safety precautions to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning and electric shock hazards.

Do not use electrical appliances that have been wet. Do not turn on damaged electrical appliances because of the hazards of electric shock or fire.

Never use charcoal indoors because burning charcoal gives off carbon monoxide.

Make sure the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm are fresh. Test these alarms to make sure they are working.

Exercise caution in the use of candles. Use flashlights instead. If you use candles, do not put them on or near anything that will burn. Never leave burning candles unattended. Douse candles when you leave the room. By safely following these tips, you will omit dangers from using generators and candles incorrectly.