After the storm: what to do in the event of a power failure

In the wake of severe storms that left thousands of people without power, AAA experts offer advice on how to deal with a power outage or damage to your home or vehicle.

If your power is off and you have a generator, AAA and AES Ohio, formerly Dayton Power & Light, recommend making sure there is good ventilation. AAA has said not to operate a generator inside an enclosed structure and AES Ohio recommends ensuring a good distance between the generator and your home or business. Without proper ventilation, you could possibly die from carbon monoxide poisoning, AES Ohio said. The AAA also cautions that anyone using candles for lighting should be careful of open flames.

AAA recommends avoiding opening the freezer or refrigerator doors to prevent food spoilage. If the meat thaws, cook it on an outdoor grill to keep it from spoiling – do not refreeze it. If the power goes out for an extended period of time, AAA recommends eating foods that will spoil quickly first.

If a tree falls on your home or vehicle, insurance may cover removal of the tree and repairs due to the damage. If a branch or tree damages your vehicle, you must file a claim using the full coverage of your auto insurance policy. Damage to a vehicle caused by high winds or fallen tree branches is covered under the optional full part of an auto insurance policy, AAA said.

If a tree in your yard falls on your neighbor’s house, your neighbor’s home insurance policy will provide insurance coverage. The same is true if a neighbor’s tree falls on your house.

Severe storm damage can be seen on April 15, 2020 in several sections of Brookfield Cemetery in Tuscarawas Township.

Measures to be taken if your home, vehicle are damaged

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