Digital Original: Post storm safety tips to protect your home & family


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – After a storm has passed, naturally thoughts center on getting back to normal. 

Thursday’s storms coupled with 85-mile per hour winds left many homeowners without power. 

Crews from Entergy spent Thursday morning repairing downed power lines. The electric company is reminding people to stay alert because it’s the time after the storm that can be the most dangerous. 

Chris Brown, director of operations for Entergy Arkansas, cautions people to never touch a power line and instead call Entergy or their local authorities. 

“So, it is very dangerous for anybody who does not have those tools, knowledge or resources to go in and touch it,” says Brown, “Staying out of areas that have debris because wet tree limbs or wet debris can be conductive.” 

Entergy offers these 4 tips to keep you & your family safe: 

1.  Stay away from downed power lines and areas of debris. 

2.  Stay out of flooded areas or standing water.

3.  Return home only when authorities advise that it is safe and drive only on roadways and bridges that have been declared passable.

4.  If using a portable electric generator, do so only in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Never connect a generator directly to a building’s wiring. It can damage the generator or house wiring. Also, it can create a safety hazard for workers trying to restore power. 

If you see a power line that may appear unsecured or down immediately report it to Entergy at 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749), and call your local fire department or a police station. 

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