Wind Advisory Today! Beware Downed Power Lines!

The US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington has issued a Wind Advisory from noon today until 2:00 a.m. tomorrow morning! Sustained winds of 20 to 25 mph with wind gusts up to 55 mph are possible! This may cause trees, tree limbs, and power lines to fall. Scattered power outages are possible. Please take time to secure any loose items outside as they can become projectiles and possibly cause personal injury.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reminds residents that downed power lines can be extremely dangerous! It is especially important to understand that downed lines can energize other objects, including fences, cars/trucks, buildings, bushes and trees, and telephone/cable TV cables. Assume all downed power lines are live and dangerous!

Remember: if your power goes out this evening, please use battery powered lighting and not candles.

Our partners in safety at the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) have some great tips to keep you safe in the info-graphic below. Accessible tips can be found HERE.

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