Storm Advice from Radnor Fire Company
If you can’t see the painted lines on a road don’t drive through it, the fire chief said.
Radnor Fire Company’s chief Mike Maguire said that while they will have the firehouse manned throughout the storm, there are things homeowners can do.
- Be careful if you have lit candles.
- During Hurricane Irene in August 2011, most of the calls were water rescues. If you can’t see the painted lines on a road because of water don’t drive through it.
- The fire company gets service calls for water in basements. They will not pump out basements, but do recommend if you can isolate power to the basement to turn off the breakers. If you know it will flood, isolate outlets or appliances, especially heaters, Maguire said. If there is any more than 6 inches of water in a basement the fire company will not go down to turn anything off.
- If you lose power, unplug major appliances because when the power kicks back on there could be quite a surge. A lot of times nothing happens with a surge, but it is possible that it could blow breakers or cause an electrical issue or fire.
- If you are running a generator, run it at high output to get the most of out the engine, but do not power too much from it. Keep an eye on the fuel level and keep it outside in a well-ventilated area.