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As Tropical Storm Elsa makes its way toward Connecticut, Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company is sharing some safety tips. Anyone using a portable generator, should have it outside, in a well-ventilated area away from any vents, doors or windows. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide which is colorless, odorless and tasteless. 

People are also reminded to stay away from all downed power lines as they should always be treated as live.  Any driver coming across a road that is barricaded, is asked not to move or go around them as they are in place for a reason such as a flooded road or a downed tree or power line.

With the 2021 hurricane season here, the Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management  and Community Emergency Response Team is recommending that people have a preparedness plan for all family members and pets.  This includes the replacement of supplies depleted during the pandemic and creating a plan to be self-sufficient to shelter in place for at least the first 72 to 96 hours. 

CERT also reminds homeowners about the items to include in a so-called Go Bag, if evacuation is necessary. That should include a record of important documents like insurance and prescriptions. Pet supplies, water, portable cell phone charger and hand sanitizer are among those items.

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