Cleanup and power recovery efforts are in full swing across the state following Hurricane Zeta.
The storm, which made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane in Louisiana at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday, tore through the Southeast and left roughly 2.6 million homes and businesses without power. Zeta has also claimed at least three lives.
State Farm has provided the following safety tips as the recovery efforts continue:
- If possible, use flashlights instead of candles for emergency lighting. Candles used in unfamiliar settings can be dangerous fire hazards.
- Turn off or disconnect any appliances, equipment, or electronics that were on when the power went out. When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can damage equipment such as computers and motors in appliances like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer, or furnace.
- Leave one light on so you know when the power returns.
- Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer. This will help keep your food as fresh as possible. Be sure to check food for signs of spoilage.
- Use generators safely. If you have a portable generator, only run it outdoors with adequate ventilation. Never use a generator indoors or in attached garages. The exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide, which can be deadly if inhaled.
- Listen to the radio for updates.