Severe weather can happen at any time, in any part of the country. That’s why it’s important for your family and community to be ready for severe weather events — and to understand the fire risks that can come with them.

Portable Generators

Portable generators are useful during storms, but if not used safely, they can cause injury and death. Follow these these tips to ensure safe use!

  • Read the owner’s manual and follow the directions.
  • Use a heavy-duty extension cord designed for outside use when you connect to the generator.
  • Check cords to make sure they are not frayed or broken.

Emergency Lighting

  • Use flashlights for emergency lighting and stock up on batteries.
  • Never use candles for emergency lighting. Many things in your home can catch fire if they come too close to a candle’s flame.