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15 tips to prepare your business for a storm

Are you and your business prepared?
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The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has raised public storm signal number 1 over Metro Manila and most provinces in Luzon while signal number 2 has been hoisted over Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Quezon including Polillo Island and Aurora due to the imminent threat of Tropical Storm “Juaning.”

Entrepreneur.com.ph listed down several tips on how you can ensure that your business and home will be safe during the storm. And in case you plan on using a generator in case of power outages, we have included a list of tips as well.

1. Before lowering a TV antenna or satellite dish, make sure to turn off and unplug the TV, and avoid power lines.

2. Turn off all swimming pool pumps and filters, and wrap them in waterproof materials.
    
3. Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings ahead of time to keep food fresh longer in the event of a power outage.

4. Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment.
    
5. When working on a ladder, look up and note the location of power lines before you begin. Be sure that ladders or scaffolds are far enough away so that you – and the ends of the tools you\\\'re using – don\\\'t come within 10 feet of power lines.

6. Never run generators inside your home or garage, as they produce potentially deadly carbon-monoxide fumes.
    
7. Keep generators away from all open windows, including neighbors’ windows, to prevent deadly exhaust from entering a home or business.

8. Buy a battery-operated carbon-monoxide alarm, which will alert you if carbon-monoxide levels become dangerous.

9. Always thoroughly read the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid dangerous shortcuts and ensure the safe operation of your generator.

10. Don’t directly connect your generator to your home’s wiring. Power from a generator connected to a home\\\'s wiring will "back feed" into utility lines, potentially severely injuring or killing a neighbor or utility crew working to restore power.

11. Turn off all connected appliances before starting your generator.  

12. Turn connected appliances on one at a time, never exceeding the generator’s rated wattage.

13. Don\\\'t touch a generator if you are wet or are standing in water or on damp ground.

14. Never refuel a hot generator or one that is running – hot engine parts or exhaust can ignite gasoline.
    
15. Ensure you have plenty of gas for operation stored safely in gas containers.   

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