N.C. Electric Cooperatives Offer English/Spanish Safety Tips

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina’s electric cooperatives continue preparations for the forecasted winter weather event and offer these safety tips in English and Spanish for North Carolinians.

English Spanish
Make sure you have an adequate supply of medicine, first aid supplies and baby items. Tenga una provisión adecuada de medicamentos, suministros de primeros auxilios y artículos para bebés.
If you’re without electricity and want to use a portable generator, make sure you use it in a well-ventilated area. Don’t connect the generator to your home’s electrical panel or fuse boxes. It may cause electricity to feed back into the power lines, which can endanger linemen and damage electric service facilities. Si no tiene electricidad y desea usar un generador portátil, úselo en un área bien ventilada. No conecte el generador al panel eléctrico o a la caja de fusibles de su casa. Esto puede hacer que la electricidad fluya hacia los cables de alta tensión, lo cual puede poner en peligro a los trabajadores y dañar las instalaciones de la cooperativa de electricidad.
If your power is out following a storm and you must cook food with Sterno or charcoal, remember to do so outside in a well-ventilated area. Cooking indoors with Sterno or charcoal will produce deadly carbon-monoxide fumes. Si no tiene electricidad después de una tormenta y debe cocinar alimentos con combustible Sterno® o carbón, recuerde hacerlo afuera en un área bien ventilada. Cocinar dentro de la casa con Sterno® o carbón produce vapors mortales de monóxido de carbono.
Remember, following a storm, debris can cover power lines that have fallen and even standing near lines that are down can be dangerous. Recuerde, después de una tormenta puede haber escombros sobre los cables de alta tensión caídos y hasta pararse cerca de tales cables puede ser peligroso.

Electric cooperative members are asked to call their cooperative directly if they experience a disruption in power. For phone numbers to report outages and the counties served by each co-op, refer to www.ncelectriccooperatives.com/co-ops/coops.htm. Now is the time to fully charge cell phones.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve more than 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.