Spring is coming, which means storms. Use these tips to keep you and your home safe during three aspects of storms: lightning, flooding and downed power lines.
- If you don’t have surge protectors, unplug your electronics. Keep a lamp on so you will know when the power comes back on.
- Invest in surge protectors: Surge protectors protect your electronics from sudden surges in voltage caused by things like lightning striking a power line. Just remember to get a surge protector and not a power strip, and replace your surge protectors after serious electrical events, or every few years. For more information click here.
- Avoid contact with plumbing and electrical equipment during the storm.
- If you are in danger of flooding, unplug everything.
- Do not go into flooded areas of your home. Submerged cords and outlets can electrify the water.
- Do not use any appliances that have been wet until you’ve had them checked by an electrician, they could be dangerous.
- Have an electrician check your home’s electrical system if it has been flooded. For more information click here.
Downed Power Lines:
- Do not touch downed power lines
- Do not drive over downed power lines
- Stay at least 10 feet away and call 911 to report the downed line
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For information on what to do during a power outage click here.