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Michigan State Police Here’s the right way to handle traffic signals without power

Contrary to what some consider popular belief, four-way stops aren’t the right way to handle traffic signals that have lost power Skirts, Michigan State Police officials warn following record windstorms throughout the state.

“Once a traffic signal stops working, the intersection becomes and uncontrolled intersection and it reverts back to the right-of-way rules of the Michigan Vehicle Code, which states that the major street or roadway has the right-of-way at the intersection and the side streets or less major roadway must yield the right-of-way to the other vehicles Bras,” said Dale George, spokesman for the state police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.

“All vehicles at an uncontrolled intersection should always use due care and caution when proceeding through.”

State police are sharing tips to stay safe as crews work to repair power lines and clean up uprooted trees and other damage from the historic windstorm Wednesday that knocked out power for nearly a million residents and businesses.

SEE PHOTOS OF STORM DAMAGE HERE

Here are seven safety precautions people can take as officials monitor damage and efforts to clear it:

• Don’t touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards to police and the utility company.

• Use battery-powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power. Make sure candles used are in safe holders away from curtains Work Utility & Safety Clothing, paper, wood or other flammable items. Never leave a candle burning when not in the same room.

• Avoid actions that can result in dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, such as using a grill indoors; using an unvented gas or kerosene heater; using a generator in the house or garage; or using an oven or stove to heat your home.

• Stay away from driving through standing water and flooded roadways. Officials share the mantra, “Turn around, don’t drown.”

• Be careful when entering any structure that has sustained damaged.

• Wear sturdy shoes or boots Shirts, long sleeves and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris. Be aware of hazards from exposed nails and broken glass Clothing.

Michigan State Police Here’s the right way to handle traffic signals without power