storm damage

When the monsoon season will start is a guessing game, but there are steps residents can take now to prepare and minimize damage.

To get ready, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute offers these tips.

To minimize damage: Trim branches, clear debris and put away lawn furniture and toys when storms are forecasted.

Outdoor equipment: Service equipment before a storm and have extension cords ready.

Fuel and batteries: Get fresh gas and charge batteries in advance. Remember E10 or less for gasoline-powered equipment.

Safety gear: Place eye protection, shoes and work gloves where you can easily find them.

Keep safety in mind

Chainsaws — Stand firmly with your weight on both feet. Hold the chainsaw with both hands. Never over-reach or cut anything over your head.

Generators — NEVER place a generator inside a home or garage. Place the generator outside and away from windows, doors, and vents. Before refueling, turn the generator off and let it cool down.

Utility task vehicles (UTVs) — Keep the vehicle stable and drive safely. Do not turn the vehicle mid-slope or while on a hill.

Water Pumps — Never operate a centrifugal pump without water in the pump casing.

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