When it comes to hurricane season, the majority of South Florida homeowners feel confident that they have made all the necessary preparations. They have plans for protecting their homes, their personal property, and their family. Most have lists of emergency contact numbers and a solid evacuation plan. Everything appears to be in order, right?
WRONG! Unfortunately, people fail to plan for one of the most dangerous hazards that accompany hurricane season, electrical safety. They have no system in place to ensure that their electrical system is safe before a hurricane, and forget about what electrical dangers await them during and after the storm.
Electrical hazards are often an issue long after the storm has passed, so it’s vital to have electrical safety systems in place for before, during, and after the storm.
When it comes to electrical safety, having a checklist, that everyone is familiar with, is essential.
Things that could be listed on the checklist include:
South Florida residents are no strangers to severe storms and the chaos they leave in their wake.
The three natural elements that come into play during a storm are:
Each of these elements has significant risks attached when it comes to electrical safety. Here are a few electrical safety tips to minimize these risks:
The most important thing to remember during a lightning storm is to start acting as soon as you hear the first thunderclap.
Floodwaters often transport debris, chemicals, oil, and other electrical hazards. The water and the hazards it transports can cause electrical damage to your appliances and electrical circuit. If you suspect rising water levels or flooding during a storm, unplug and elevate electrical appliances, and cover electrical outlets with safety plugs.
A qualified electrician must first inspect all electrical appliances that have been submerged before they are used. If they come into contact with water, the following must also be inspected before being used:
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