A growing number of local candidates for office have issued statements asking their supporters to take in political lawn signs in advance of Hurricane Sandy.
And some of them have taken the matter into their own hands.
Cranston Ward 3 City Council candidate Nick Lima said he and his volunteers went out and removed "every sign they've worked to place around Ward 3" to save property owners the trouble and to act "out of an abundance of caution."
“There’s no sense in risking a campaign sign becoming a dangerous projectile when we know well in advance the dangers associated with this storm,” Lima said.
Others have posted messages on Facebook, such as School Committee member and candidate Andrea Iannazzi, who urged her supporters to "be safe."
Frank Lombardi, running for the state Dist. 26 Senate seat, said his campaign volunteers will be "evaluating and lowering the larger signs temporarily."
His challenger, Sean Gatley, included a reminder to check on the elderly and relatives. He also said to make sure to replace your lawn signs "after the storm passes."
Strong gusts could turn some political signs into kites, sending them into the air as potentially dangerous projectiles and add to the the mess of cleanup.
And then there's always the risk that a political sign might end up on the lawn of someone who supports the opponent.