Georgia Power offers tips to stay safe during extreme winter weather

(WTVM) - Georgia Power is offering tips to help Georgians become 'winter road weather' during freezing temperatures with ice and snow on the ground.

Pay attention to alerts and advisories. Stay off the roads as much as possible before, during and after winter weather and wait until GDOT provides an "all clear" to travel. Dial 511 from your mobile phone to access GDOT's Travel Information System.

Stay safe around downed power lines. Severe winter weather can cause trees and power lines to fall on cars and roadways. If you see a downed power line, call 911 or Georgia Power immediately and, if you are trapped in your car by a downed power line, do not try to exit the vehicle before first responders arrive.

Watch for utility crews and GDOT vehicles working on the roads. Utility linemen are included in Georgia's "Move-Over Law," which requires drivers to move over one lane when utility crews are working on the roadside.

Georgia Power has additional winter preparation resources available at GeorgiaPower.com/WinterPrep.

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