Safety after a Storm
Once a severe storm has passed, it does not meet the dangers have.
Just because power lines are damaged does not mean they are dead. Stay away from downed power lines, stray wires, and debris in contact with them. Instruct others to do the same. Call 911 to notify your local utility.
In the immediate aftermath of a storm, Safe Electricity provides these additional safety tips:
- Listen to your weather radio or a local radio station for updated information and instructions.
- Never enter a flooded basement if electrical outlets, appliances, or cords are under water. The water could be energized.
- Do not turn power off if you must stand in water to do so. Call your utility and have them turn off power at the meter.
- Before entering storm-damaged buildings, make sure electricity and gas are turned off.
- If you smell gas or suspect a leak, leave the house immediately and call 911 and your local utility. Do not light an open flame or flip any switches in the house.
- If at all possible, remain at home and off the roadways to allow emergency responders and utility crews easy access to damaged areas or injured individuals.
- Never drive through a flooded roadway. There is no way to predict how deep the water may be.
- If you are driving and come across a downed power line, stay away and warn others to stay away. Contact emergency personal or your utility company to address the downed power line. If you do come in contact with a downed power line, do not leave the car. Wait for utility and emergency professionals to make sure the power line is de-energized before exiting the car.
When cleaning up outdoors after a storm, do not use electrical equipment when it is raining or the ground is wet. Also, do not use electrical equipment that has been water damaged. Have your water damaged items inspected and approved by a professional before using them.
Portable electric generators can offer many benefits when a long-term electrical outage occurs due to a storm. However, if generators are not used properly, things could turn deadly.
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