Tips for Avoiding Hazards after Severe Weather

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Tips for Avoiding Hazards after Severe Weather


Storms with high-speed winds, heavy rains, and lightning can be frightening events. After a storm, your first instinct might be to return to life as usual, but safety is as important after the storm as it is during the storm.

“People may feel a sense of relief after a severe weather event,” says Molly Hall, director of the Safe Electricity program. “It is important that people know the dangers that linger after a storm and know how to stay safe.”

Safe Electricity recommends the following safety precautions:

  • Just because power lines are damaged does not mean they are dead. Downed power lines, stray wires, and debris in contact with them all have the potential to deliver a fatal shock. Stay away, and instruct others to do the same.
  • Never enter a flooded basement if electrical outlets are under water. The water could be energized.
  • Do not turn power off if you must stand in water to do so. Call your power company, and have them turn off power at the meter.
  • Before entering storm-damaged buildings, make sure electricity and gas are turned off.
  • Do not use water-damaged electronics before properly restoring them. Electric motors in appliances should be cleaned and reconditioned before use. It may be necessary to replace some of your appliances and electronics. Have your water-damaged items inspected and approved by a professional before using them.
  • If you are driving and come along 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.
  • If you clean-up outdoors after a storm, do not use electronic equipment when it is raining or the ground is wet.

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