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07/07/2005 ~ With a Hurricane Watch announced for the Lower Keys, Keys Energy Services (KEYS) is asking that you take the following safety precautions:

- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest setting and keep the door closed. If the power goes out, this will keep food fresh longer.

- Unplug your television before lowering or taking down your outside antenna. Use extra caution and beware of power lines, which may be nearby.

- Disconnect all electric equipment.

- Keep flashlights, candles, matches, battery-operated radios, extra batteries, canned food, and bottled water handy.

- If you own a swimming pool, turn off all pumps and filters. If you don’t, water from the approaching storm can damage them.

- If your power goes out, use flashlights instead of candles or kerosene lamps. Be careful cooking over flames, a gust of wind through a door or window could start a fire and the fire department may not be able to respond.

- If you own a generator, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Make sure your generator is in a well-ventilated location. Plug appliances directly into the generator. Turn your electricity off at the fuse box in order to prevent safety problems for KEYS workers.
Additionally, remember to turn the generator off before turning your house power back on.

- Do not touch fallen or low-hanging wires and anything they may be in contact with. A seemingly harmless wire may still be energized. Also, stay away from puddles where downed lines may have landed.

- Keep telephone lines clear for police and emergency services. Please call KEYS only to report downed power lines, or to let us know that power is out in your home after others in your area have been energized.

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