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Post Storm Safety Procedures

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If you live in an area such as Florida, you are no stranger to rough winds, hurricanes, extreme rains and tropical storms. These storms can cause a host of electrical safety hazards in and around your home which can remain long after the storm has passed. Hazards include power line damage, possibilities of electric shock, fire and flooding. Knowing what to do once the storm is over is just as important as preparing for it. Below are a few guidelines as to the appropriate post-storm safety procedures you should take.

Downed Power line

  • A downed power line is one of the primary electrical hazards after a storm. It is a common misconception that these power lines are insulated. In actual fact, 90% of downed power lines are still live, which means that they do not shut off once they hit the ground. This means that under no circumstances should you go near a downed power line. A good rule is to keep 10 feet away from a downed power line until it has been declared safe by a professional.
  • If you find someone who has come into contact with a power line and they appear to be in distress or unconscious, then that power line is most likely live. You should never touch the person. The human body is a ready conductor of electricity and you will suffer severe electrical shock. Instead call 911.
  • Do not use non-conducive materials to move power lines yourself. Even materials such as wood, if it is slightly wet, can conduct electricity and shock you.
  • Do not drive over power lines. If a live power line comes into contact with your car you may be electrocuted.

Flooding

  • Be very careful before stepping into flooded areas. Submerged electrical cords or power outlets can energize the water, thereby posing a lethal trap. The risk of electrocution is higher where there is a mix of seawater and freshwater.
  • If any electrical wiring or receptacles were submerged in water during the storm, you will need to call a licensed electrician to inspect the equipment before attempting to use it again. Generally electrical wiring that has come into contact with salt water will need to be replaced.
  • Electrical appliances that have gotten wet will also need to be inspected by an electrician. If they were plugged in they may have shorted out. Even if they were unplugged, there is a risk that they will short out when turned back on. Either way there is a risk for electrical hazards, fire hazards and smoke.

Electrical Companies

It is clear that the aftermath of a storm can carry with it many dangers. It is always advisable that you seek professional help from a reputable electrical company to ensure the safety of you and your family. Do not hesitate to contact us at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric if you need help after the storm.

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