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Archive: July 2016

Are We Ready For The Next Big Hurricane?


 
As Florida residents, we ask ourselves many questions concerning hurricane season, such as “are we ready for the next big storm?” Ted Curry, director of energy studies at the University of Florida’s Public Utility Research Center, helps policymakers and utility providers decide how to best prepare for severe storms; he also addresses many of our major concerns and questions. While many residents question whether our state and utilities are prepared for hurricane season, Curry responds they are “as ready as they can be”.

Since the hurricane season of 2004 and 2005, the state Public Service Commission has established procedures for the utilities to follow in order to be better prepared. Additionally, the utilities meet annually to discuss collaborative efforts and what they can change and/or improve. A major way the utilities have become more prepared is by making the system more resilient; this causes fewer and shorter power outages. Consumers benefit with better and more cost effective service during storms.

Another question that arises often is “why don’t we move electric wires underground?” Curry explains moving these lines would significantly increase expenses for consumers, but not so much the reliability of the services. While moving the wires underground protect from damage against wind, the wires become more vulnerable to water damage from flooding and storm surge. Curry warns; moving electric lines underground in Florida may lead to increased cost but decreased reliability. 

Visit our blog for more tips on how to stay #hurricanestrong during this hurricane season. 

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Pool Safety Tips for the Summer

 


 
Swimming pools are great places for family fun in the summer, but they are also a place where safety must come first. According to the American Red Cross, more than 200 children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission also notes, each year approximately 2,700 children are treated for near- drowning incidents in hospital emergency rooms.

Safety in and around the pool should be your number one priority.  Edison Insurance Company would like to share some pool safety tips to ensure your family stays safe: 
 
  • Closely supervise children in and around the pool, giving them your undivided attention.
 
  • Install covers, barriers, and alarms around your pool. Fences and walls should be at least 4 feet high and cover the entire pool to prevent a child from wandering into the pool area unsupervised.
 
  • Enroll your children in swimming lessons.
 
  • Pool noodles and floats are fun toys, but they should not be used in place of a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.
 
  • Ladders on above-ground pools should be removed when the pool is not in use.
 
  • Be sure all members of your family are aware of how to respond to aquatic emergencies by taking water safety and CPR courses. It is important to also keep rescue equipment near the pool.
 
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