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Get ready before the summer storm season

By Tamas Mondovics

It’s the summer storm season. Being ready for the next storm is wise, but what can residents do now to minimize damage?
According to a recent report by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, 341 South Patrick Street, Alexandria, VA, some of the very basics in connection with operation equipments can prevent injury and save heartache.
Included on the list of safety tips are such basic suggestions as trimming branches, clearing debris and to put away lawn furniture and toys.
It is encouraged to decide now on what power equipment one may need. It is advised to run and service equipment before a storm and make sure to have appropriate extension cords.
Do I have the right fuel and are batteries charged? Getting fresh gas and charging batteries in advance is a no brainer.
Where is my safety gear? Placing eye protection, sturdy shoes, and work gloves where you can easily find them may be a simple task but is also a great idea.
Do I know how to use my equipment safely? Review manuals and know how to safely operate equipment.
Keeping safety in mind when it comes to operating chainsaws, generators, utility task vehicles and water pumps.
Chainsaws: Stand firmly with your weight on both feet. Hold the chainsaw with both hands. Never over-reach or cut anything over your head. Anticipate kickback.
Generators: Never place a generator inside a home or garage. Place the generator outside and away from windows, doors, and vents. Before refueling, turn the generator off and let it cool down.
Utility task vehicles (UTVs): Keep the vehicle stable and drive safely. Do not turn the vehicle mid-slope or while on a hill.
Water Pumps: Never operate a centrifugal pump without water in the pump casing.
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, international trade association representing power equipment, small engine, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers provided the above tips.
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The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, 341 South Patrick
Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 United States