St. Petersburg police warned residents on Wednesday not to use dryer cords to plug their portable generators into their main electric panels in an attempt to restore power to their homes.
That could be very dangerous to power workers working to restore electricity after Hurricane Irma.
Here's the information police sent out:
"DANGER ALERT! PLEASE HELP US GET THE WORD OUT
We have become aware that people are lining up to buy dryer (pigtails) clectric cords to plug their generators into their main electric panels in hopes of powering their entire homes.
THIS CAN ENERGIZE THE LINES BACK TO THE MAIN TRANSFORMERS AND DOWNED LINES AND ELECTROCUTE THE POWER WORKERS!!
Also, if power workers test the lines before working on them, it will destroy the home generator.
Here are some other tips to stay safe when power is restored to local homes.