Storm Safety Tips

Water Damage To Electrical

If you think your home may have water damage, the following are important safety tips:

  • Watch for downed wires when you approach your home. Consider all lines energized and call us immediately if you see a live "sparking" power line and remain clear of the area.
  • Once inside, do not stand in water when operating electrical switches, plugging in or unplugging electrical cords.
  • Carefully disconnect all electrical appliances that are still plugged in.
  • When resetting circuit breakers, wear dry, rubber soled shoes and stand on something dry and non-conductive, such as a dry piece of wood or wooden furniture.
  • When you reset the breaker switches use only one hand and when possible use a dry wooden tool. Avoid making contact with the metal breaker box or other metal objects in the area. If the breakers will not reset or they continue to trip, call a licensed electrician.
  • If you had no problem resetting the circuit breakers, you will still want to check your appliances for water damage and make sure all cords are dry before you attempt to re-plug electrical appliances into wall sockets.
  • If, after plugging in an appliance, the breakers trip (or fuse blows) or you see smoke or smell a burning odor, shut off power at the circuit breaker and have the appliance checked by a qualified appliance serviceman.

Be very careful around all electrical wires and equipment. If you have any doubts about your home electrical system or are unsure of how to proceed, call a professional, licensed electrician.

Generator Safety

If you plan to use a portable generator, here are some important safety precautions:

  • Read all instructions carefully and follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
  • First, never run your generator indoors or in your garage. Generators should only be run in a well-ventilated area. Gasoline-powered generators produce carbon monoxide and the fumes can be deadly if there is not adequate ventilation.
  • Second, plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy duty, properly grounded extension cords.
  • Make sure that extension cords are not frayed or worn.
  • Limit the electrical load placed on the generator to no more than the recommended wattage.
  • Do not connect your power generator directly to your home's main fuse box or circuit panel.
  • Use the generator only when necessary.
  • Turn the generator off at night while you sleep and when you are away from home.

If you have any questions about how to properly use a portable electric generator, contact the manufacturer or a licensed electrician for assistance.