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Spring typically marks the beginning of our severe weather season here in western Pennsylvania.

In addition to getting your home ready for fun in the outdoors, you should also be sure that you and your family are ready for severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, and even a tornado.

Do you have a weather radio or an app that will alert you to severe weather warnings? Where will you go if a tornado warning is issued for your area? Do you remember to never drive your car across a flooded roadway?

Prepare now so that Mother Nature doesn't catch you off-guard!

 

Springtime Safety

Spring is a great time of the year to clean, organize, and prepare. Before the Summer grilling, entertaining, and vacation season, it's certainly worth taking a good look at how your yard, home, garage, and shed have fared over the previous Winter:

 

Outdoors Tips

  • Clear leaves, debris, and other yard waste from around the home, garage, and storage shed.

  • Have a qualified professional perform proper maintenance on lawn equipment such as mowers, weed trimmers, and leaf blowers.

  • Fuels for lawn and garden equipment, tools, and vehicles should only be stored in approved containers.

  • Check for frayed or damaged electrical cords and wires; have them repaired by a qualified professional.

  • Check air conditioning units and their electrical cords.

  • Inspect gas grills, including hoses, gas lines, and propane tanks, prior to using.

  • Make sure your street address is properly posted and visible.

  • Review the Town's Open Burn Ordinance before you light a backyard fire.

 

Indoors Tips

  • Check for frayed or damaged electrical cords and wires; have them repaired by a qualified professional.

  • Responsibly store flammable liquids and home chemicals; properly discard old containers of paint and solvents.

  • Have working flashlights and a battery-powered radio (with fresh batteries) ready for the approaching severe storm season.

  • Make sure all windows can open and close properly, in case they are needed as emergency exits.