As we enter day three of power outages, and many of our residents may be using generators to battle the cold and lack of electricity here are a few tips on generator safety:
While a generator is a good option to provide an alternative source of power, it can also become a dangerous source of carbon monoxide and pose threats near high-water areas.
The Ohio Department of Health has the following tips and information on power generators and generator safety:
- Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. A single gas-powered generator can produce as much as 100 times more poisonous Carbon Monoxide gas than a car’s exhaust.
- Never use a generator inside your home, basement or garage. Opening the garage door does not make it safe.
- Never use a generator in a flooded area.
- Operate generators outdoors as far away from your house as possible. The National Institute of Standards and Technology reports that even 15 feet away may still be dangerous because the CO fumes can enter the home through windows, doors or vents. Tests are still being conducted to find a safe operating distance.
- Never refuel a generator while it is running or hot.
- Install CO detectors inside the home near all the sleeping areas.
For additional information on generator safety and to view a video that demonstrates the dangers of carbon monoxide, visit: http://bit.ly/GeneratorSafetyOH.
Information is also available online at www.ema.ohio.gov
CLEVELAND – Public Safety, Works and Utilities crews across NEO are working as much as possible to clear debris from homes and buildings, clear downed trees and power lines, and secure flooded areas in addition to responding to emergencies.
Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Public Safety Director Martin Flask offer overnight status after Hurricane Sandy.
The city of Cleveland is continuing to face severe weather conditions and the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Roads may be blocked by downed trees and power lines. Several traffic signals are out. Please treat these intersections as a four-way stop. The public should use extreme caution if they must be on the roads.
Here is a summary of what we have faced:
- The Division of Fire responded to 1100 assignments, mostly weather-related hazard assignments including downed power lines over the last 24-hours. 36 fire apparatus were deployed and an additional 12 one-person crews were called up to assist with downed wires.
- Police responded to 1400 assignments during that same time period. Shifts have extended by four hours. The normal 10-hour workday is now 14 hours. We have at least 128 assignments pending as of 8 a.m.
- Approximately 40 individuals are working traffic control – Traffic Controllers, Cleveland Police District Officers and Community Service Officers.
- WARN Wide Area Rapid Notification messages were sent to approximately 40,000 Cleveland seniors.
- EMS handled 334 calls for service over the last 24-hours.
- Urban Forestry received 160 reports of trees down overnight and that number is rising. The majority of these are on the west side of the city. Eight crews are currently working with an additional 13 crews being deployed. Blocked streets are the priority. This is complicated by downed power lines. To report trees down, call 664-3104.
- Cleveland Public Power is reporting 10,500 customers without power as of 7 a.m. today. 58 crews are working to restore power. The priorities are downed lines and transformers. Service has been restored to nearly 7,000 customers since 3 a.m. However, ongoing weather conditions are causing additional outages. Please call 664-3156 to report an outage.
- Cleveland Water reports no impact to water service at this time.
- Water Pollution Control reports flooding at Big Creek, Broadway & Turney, Memphis &Fulton and Doan Brook. Flooding is predicted at Euclid Creek. We are also checking known problem areas including underpasses and low-lying areas. To report flooding, call 664-2513.
- Flight operations at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport have been suspended until at least 3 p.m. today. The airlines may assume a limited schedule at that time. Route 237 is closed due to flooding. Access to the airport is maintained via I-71.
- Burke Lakefront Airport has sustained damage and is being assessed. There is currently no air traffic at Burke.