image001(1)Winter storm Titan is moving closer to the Charleston area bringing with it the possibility of heavy ice accumulations and the likelihood of power outages. AAA District Office Supervisor, Christina Rollyson, warns “preparing ahead of time will help keep your family and your home safe”.

-If you rely on a well for water, be sure to have plenty of water on hand for drinking and to flush toilets

-Make sure expensive electronics are plugged into surge protectors, but if not, unplug them immediately if power goes out

-A battery back-up system for sump pumps can eliminate worries about a flooded basement.

-Candles can be dangerous – use alternate light sources such as battery powered lanterns or flashlights. Be sure to have an extra supply of batteries on hand.

-Have food supplies on hand that do not require heating

-Do not operate generators indoors

-If you lose power, avoid opening refrigerators and freezers as much as possible

-Do not leave fireplaces unattended, unless your home has an insert

-Keep blinds and curtains closed to maintain as much heat inside your home as possible. Place rolled up towels along the bottom of doors to prevent cold air from leaking inside.

-Do not use gas or charcoal grills on covered patios or inside your garage