Staten Island Business Bank Recommends Planning Ahead

For Summer Storm Cleanups



With Superstorm Sandy an infamous memory for Staten Islanders – and some still dealing with its devastation – Victory State Bank is reminding residents and businesses to prepare ahead for summer storms, as well as the cleanup that follows.


With this is mind, Victory State Bank, Staten Island’s only community-based commercial bank, points to advice from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers:


Look it over – before the storm hits. Your first task should be to survey your property and make a list of what tools might be needed. You might need a chainsaw, pruner, generator, or utility type vehicle.


Take stock of your outdoor power equipment. Ensure your equipment is in good working order. Take your equipment to an authorized service center for maintenance or repair if needed.


Find your safety gear. Locate safety gear including sturdy shoes, safety goggles, hard hats, reflective clothing and work gloves.


Review the owner's manuals for your equipment and safe handling procedures. Read product manuals to ensure you know how to operate your equipment safely.


Have the right fuel on hand. Fuel stations may be closed after a storm, so it's important to have the proper fuel for your equipment. Store your fuel in an approved container and use the type of fuel recommended by your equipment's manufacturer. It is illegal to use any fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol in outdoor power equipment (for more information on proper fueling for outdoor power equipment see


Calm and common sense are the keys to using products effectively. Be calm and use common sense when using outdoor power equipment. For instance, be aware of fundamental dangers that can occur, such as chainsaw kickback, which may happen when the moving chain at the tip of the guide bar touches an object, or when the wood closes in and pinches the saw chain in the cut. Always stand with your weight on both feet, and adjust your stance so you are angled away from the saw chain blade. Hold the chainsaw with both hands. Never overreach or cut anything above your shoulder height.


Keep firm footing when using pole saws and pole pruners. Make sure you always keep a firm footing on the ground. Observe the safety zone, which means keeping bystanders and power lines (those above you and any that might have fallen down) at least 50 feet away from your work area.


Ensure portable electric generators have plenty of ventilation. Generators should never be used in an enclosed area or placed inside a home, even if the windows or doors are open. Generators produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and poisonous gas that can be lethal. Place the generator outside and away from windows, doors, and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Keep the generator dry and do not use it in rainy or wet conditions. Before refueling, turn the generator off and let it cool down.


Drive Utility Type Vehicles (UTVs) with caution. Keep the vehicle stable, drive slowly and do not turn the vehicle mid-slope or while on a hill.


Be aware of others. Keep bystanders, children and animals out of your work area. Do not allow other people near outdoor power equipment, such as chainsaws, pole saws or pole pruners when starting the equipment or cutting with it.


Pay attention to your health. Storm cleanup can be taxing on the body and the spirit. Do not operate power equipment when you are tired or overly fatigued. Drink plenty of water and take regular breaks.

For more safety tips for outdoor power equipment visit



About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at


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