Electrical safety tips from Georgia Power ahead of Hurricane Irma

Georgia Power preparing for Irma

Hurricane Irma is expected to bring heavy rains and winds to Georgia and Georgia Power has released tips to help keep you and your family safe. 

Here are the tips offered, according to a Georgia Power news release:

1. Develop a plan for your family (This includes: destination of travel, alternate routes, gas stations, a re-unification plan if family members get separated and a list of critical information.)

2. Prepare and carry an emergency supply kit with critical supplies (Supplies may include: car charger for cellphone, a flashlight, battery operated, etc.)

3. Unplug electronics in your home and place them on sturdy surfaces or relocate them to the highest floor

4. Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings and pack your freezer with as many food items as possible (If power goes out, a packed freezer can keep food frozen for up to 48 hours.

5. When traveling before or after a storm, be aware of electrical crews working or the potential for down power lines or power poles

Be sure to download the 13WMAZ app for updates around the clock. 

Georgia Power's Macon office says they're keeping an eye on Irma and their crews are ready to go.

Central Georgians were out on Friday preparing to lose power.

Ace Hardware on Riverside had customers looking for batteries and flashlights. Kenan Godfrey bought two.

"I wasn't sure exactly where our flashlights were after we moved so I wanted to make sure I had some readily available," Godfrey said. 

Godfrey says this isn't his first time waiting out a potential hurricane because he used to live in Florida.

Georgia Power says their crews are ready all over the state.They serve 2.5 million customers in Georgia.

Central Region Vice President Ron Shipman says where they go will depend on the storm.  in Florida, so I know to be prepared.

"So, we're all just waiting to see what actually happens and we'll start moving crews at that particular point and time. We have called other contractors to say hey we may need you," Shipman said.

And, they have some advice for customers.

"We just want everybody to be safe. So, when you see a downed power line, don't assume that it's not energized. Always assumed that it's energized and make sure a professional is notified," Shipman said. 

Until then, their crews in Central Georgia and all over the state will be waiting.

Georgia Power says if you lose power early next week to report outages online or over the phone using the number on your last bill.

Shipman says they are also in contact with their southeastern partners. 

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