Jefferson County Senior Safety Tips from Entergy Texas The Power to Care

Southeast Texas seniors have weathered a number of deadly hurricanes. Carla, Rita, Ike, and more. There have also been horrible winter ice storms, Spring tornadoes, and other dangerous weather events.

Many of these storms have caused wide spread power outages.

One of the things Southeast Texans learn about hurricanes is that after right after the gale force winds blow past, there is a period of brutal hot, humid, stagnant weather.

A portable generator can be a life saver- or a killer.

Generators bring power where you need it.

Generators can be a life saver - or a killer. Be safe when using a portable generator.

Generators can be a life saver – or a killer. Be safe when using a portable generator.

Portable, gasoline-driven generators can be used to bring electricity to construction sites, recreational areas, and other remote locations.

Small appliances, lights, and pumps can be plugged directly into outlets on portable generators.

Transfer switches are essential for backup generators.
In the event of an outage, the only safe way to run electricity through your home wiring with a generator is to use a manual or automatic transfer switch. This switch will isolate your home wiring from power lines so the electricity runs through your home but does not get sent back out onto the lines.

If you do not use a transfer switch, the generator will send electricity back onto power lines. This could suddenly result in a very dangerous situation: a downed line in an area of an outage could become “live” with electricity from the generator, or utility workers who expect certain power lines to be dead due to outage might suddenly find them energized.

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If you aren’t sure how to SAFELY install your generator get help from a local electrician.

Use extension cords safely.
Use only UL-listed, three-prong extension cords with generators. Plug the appliance into the extension cord first, and then plug the extension cord into the generator outlet.

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If you use a generator for backup power, make sure it has a transfer switch to disconnect it from power lines. Units without these switches can endanger utility workers. 

Entergy Texas hopes these tips will help preserve Beaumont senior safety.

Entergy encourages Golden Triangle seniors to contact them or a licensed electrician any time they have questions about Southeast Texas electrical safety issues.

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