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RG&E and Red Cross tips for weather incidents

Rochester, N.Y. In preparation for possible storms this weekend that include ice and flooding, RG&E and the American Red Cross are offering tips of how to stay safe during flooding and power outages.

If a home or business may be impacted by flooding, RG&E suggests contacting the utility provider and requesting that services be turned off.

Customers should not attempt to turn off their own services, and should stay out of flooded areas, including basements, RG&E said. Energized outlets could be below water level and cause a hazard.

In the case of a power outage, RG&E also recommends having a cell phone car charger available, keep laptops charged, and have somewhere to stay in case power is out for extended periods.

The Red Cross advises that all unnecessary electronics including major appliances, because power surges can cause damage to these devices.

More information about preparing for strong weather incidents and power outages can be found on the Red Cross website at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/power-outage

In case of a power outage, or to find out information about local power outages, check the RG&E website at: http://rge.com/Outages/default.html

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Washington Times