Florida Power & Light is preparing for Tropical Storm Ian by patrolling its lines across the state and trimming trees near powerlines.
Trees and debris are among the most common causes of outages, the FPL Communications Team wrote in an email to The Daily Sun.
Each year FPL proactively clears vegetation from approximately 16,000 miles of power lines, and in advance of a storm works to ensure the lines supporting critical facilities – such as police and fire stations, hospitals and 911 centers – are clear, according to a news release.
Municipalities often suspend pickup of branches and debris in advance of a storm. Officials advise residents not to trim around your home because those branches can become projectiles in a storm.
If you already have trimmed trees and your county has suspended pickup, FPL advises you secure loose branches or other debris to help prevent outages.
Also, if you're going to use a ladder around home, make sure to note the location of power lines, FPL warns.
Be sure that ladders or scaffolds are far enough away so that you – and the ends of the tools you're using – stay at least 10 feet away from power lines.
For more tips on how to prepare, visit FPL.com/Storm.