Severe winter storms aren’t as common in Macon as they are in other parts of the country. However, there has been a recent increase in the number of winter storms across Georgia. Many of these storms are leading to power outages and other complications that can be dangerous for Macon residents. To protect yourself during a winter storm, follow the tips below.
- Pay attention to all advisories and alerts.
High winds, ice and snow can cause power lines or trees to fall across roadways and even on cars. Snow and ice from these storms can also lead to dangerous road conditions. During inclement weather, pay attention to all alerts and advisories issued by government agencies. Don’t travel during or after storms unless you have no choice. Instead, wait for the Georgia Department of Transportation to issue an “all clear.”
- Avoid downed power lines.
If you see a downed power line, don’t go near it. Instead, call Georgia Power to report the problem. If you are in an emergency situation involving a downed power line, call 911 and wait for first responders to arrive before taking any action.
- Stay warm and safe at home.
If you are home during a power outage, take steps to stay safe and conserve heat. If it’s cold outside, avoid unnecessarily opening doors or windows to keep heat trapped inside your home. If you feel cold, wear layers or wrap in blankets. Avoid using candles for emergency lighting, as they may start a fire. Instead, use a battery-powered flashlight or lantern. If you are using a portable generator to bring power to your home, keep it outside your house at all times.
- Be mindful of utility crews.
When winter weather leads to power outages, utility crews will work quickly to resolve these problems. Likewise, GDOT will work to clear roadways and make travel safe for Macon residents as quickly as possible. Be mindful of these crews and don’t interfere with their work. Keep in mind that, under Georgia’s “Move-Over Law,” you are required to move over one lane when a utility crew is working on the side of the road.
- Stay informed.
When a winter storm strikes, be sure to stay informed of all of the latest developments so you can remain safe throughout the incident. Some of the tools you can use to stay informed include:
- Georgia Power Outage Alerts, which notify you in the event of a power outage.
- Georgia Power’s mobile app, which allows you to access outage information from your phone.
- Georgia Power’s interactive outage map, which shows you the status of outages across the state.
- GDOT’s Travel Information System, which can be accessed by dialing 511 on your mobile phone.
In addition to power outages, winter weather can also contribute to other hazards in Macon, such as slippery sidewalks and roads. These conditions raise the risk of incidents that could lead to injury. If you are injured in an incident because of another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. For example, if you slip and fall on a sidewalk that should have been treated with salt, the organization or individual responsible for maintaining the sidewalk could be liable for your injuries. To learn more, please call Mann Law Firm today at 478-742-3381 or, you can use our online form to set up a free consultation and learn more about your options under the law.