Protecting family, homes during hurricane season
NEW YORK – Southeastern states have already experienced multiple tropical storms this hurricane season and American Power & Gas is offering tips on how to prepare a home for any potential electric, natural gas or water problems caused by a storm.
Hurricanes and tropical storms can cause problems within a home, but with simple precautions taken throughout hurricane season, many can be avoided.
“Since hurricane season started this month, we are being proactive with our customers in New York and New Jersey to ensure they know the best practices to protect themselves in the event a hurricane hits their location,” said Andrea d’Agostini, vice president of American Power & Gas.
Experts at American Power & Gas suggest for customers and surrounding communities to stay vigilant when under a tropical storm or hurricane watch or warning and to also exercise extreme caution.
To prepare for hurricanes, and avoid dangerous situations, follow these tips:
- Know the location of where gas and water shut-off valves are located for ease of access in case of an emergency.
- Be aware of power lines or any other electric hazards where flooding may occur, which could create possible electric shock risks, and avoid these areas in the event of an emergency.
- Collect and secure outdoor furniture or other objects outside a home to prevent flying hazards in extreme wind situations.
- Make a hurricane survival kit in case of emergency and be sure to periodically check expiration dates of canned food, change batteries and update emergency contact lists with up-to-date phone numbers.
- Unplug all large appliances during a power outage to protect against surges when it is restored.
- Generators are great resources in an emergency, but there are guidelines to always keep in mind when using them – never operate them inside of a house, garage or closed space.
- If you smell, see, or suspect a gas leak in your home, evacuate immediately.
- Plan an evacuation route in case a hurricane warning turns to a state of emergency, which may require mandatory evacuation of select areas.
“Safety is our top priority, and as we saw with Sandy, early preparation is also extremely important. The sooner you can be prepared, the better off you’ll be. We want to ensure our customers and all residents are properly prepared for any emergency,” says d’Agostini.
Hurricane season began June 1 and runs until November 30. Resident’s in hurricane zones can visit local hardware stores for generators, hurricane survival kit essentials, and more tips on how to prepare.
For more information about American Power & Gas, please visit www.americanpowerandgas.com
About American Power and Gas
Based in Seminole, Florida, American Power and Gas provides alternative options for energy customers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. They offer the opportunity to purchase affordable energy and provide innovative solutions for both businesses and homeowners. As a leader in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and the northern United States, they are committed to affordable, renewable energy solutions for all. American Power and Gas prides themselves in their knowledge, service and expertise in providing low cost energy solutions.