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Hurricane Sandy – GBPC Safety Messages

October 25, 2012

Grand Bahama Power Company wishes to advise our customers to exercise extreme caution during the storm. Kindly pay attention to the following power line safety messages:

  • Stay away from and do not touch a downed power line. Keep pets and children away from them as well. Always assume downed lines are energized and dangerous.
  • Avoid stepping in or coming in contact with water where power lines are down. If you use a generator, always follow the manufacturer’s directions. GBPC recommends hooking appliances directly to the generator, using properly sized extension cords. If you hook your generator directly into your home’s electrical system, turn off your home’s main circuit breaker to avoid stray voltage from going out on power lines and endangering GBPC crews or the public.
  • Report the downed power lines to GBPC at 352-8411. Only qualified electric utility workers should attempt to move downed power lines.
  • Never drive over downed power lines. Even if not energized, they can become entangled in your vehicle. Never touch downed power lines or use any object to move power lines, including brooms, boards, limbs or plastic materials.
  • Although wood is non-conductive, if even slightly wet it will conduct electricity, causing electric shock or electrocution. Power lines can also slide down such objects when lifted.
  • Never touch a person or object in contact with power lines.

These tips can also be found on our website www.gb-power.com
   
Grand Bahama Power Company urges our customers to remain focused on ensuring they are well prepared and have taken the necessary precautions. Please exercise extreme caution and prudence in preparation for the storm.