Ohio state officials urge safety after tornadoes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (ADAMS) – The National Weather Service storm survey teams confirmed eight tornadoes struck Ohio late Monday night/early Tuesday morning – five in the Miami Valley area, which left catastrophic damage and massive power outages. Damage assessment continues across the state.

Confirmed Tornadoes by the NWS

EF3 – Trotwood, Montgomery County
EF3 – Beavercreek, Greene County
EF3 – Celina, Mercer County
EF2 – Vandalia, Montgomery County
EF0 – near Phillipsburg, Miami/Montgomery Counties
EF0 – Circleville, Pickaway County
EF1 – Tarlton, Pickaway County
EF2 – Laurelville, Hocking County
More than 34,000 customers remain without power in the Dayton/Miami Valley area. The following lists safety tips from Dayton Power & Light:

Never Touch a Power Line
If you see a fallen or sagging power line or a line that is in contact with tree branches or other foliage, assume it is live and dangerous. Report fallen wires to your local power company. DP&L: 877-468-8243. If there is a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately.

Allow Utility Crews to Focus on Restoration
When utility crews arrive in a neighborhood, it is not uncommon for people to want to talk about the status of restoration. These crews are dealing with extremely hazardous conditions and need to focus their attention on their technical and dangerous jobs. For your and their safety, please stay away from utility crews and their vehicles. Also, if you have pets in your yard, put them inside if crews need access to your property.

Be Careful Using Candles and Generators

Candles
Avoid using candles, if possible. Flashlights or battery-operated lanterns are a safer alternative. If you do use candles, be sure to place them on a stable surface away from combustible materials, and be careful around children and pets. Never leave burning candles unattended.

Portable Generators

Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and think safety first.
NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.
Store generator fuel in approved containers away from your home.
Never refuel a hot generator. Turn it off and let it cool before adding more fuel.
Portable Generator Information

Food Safety

Practice safe food handling during power outages to prevent food-borne illnesses. Spoiled food may not look contaminated – when in doubt, throw it out.
Additional Food Safety Tips