Play It Safe
- Stay away from downed or sagging power lines.
- Do not touch anything that is on or near a power line, i.e. trees, tree limbs, cars, ladders, animals.
- Keep people and pets away from areas where lines may have fallen.
- If a power line falls across a car that you are in, stay in the vehicle. Note: If you must get out due to fire or other immediate, life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.
If you think your home may have water damage the following are important safety tips:
- 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 service person.
- Be very careful around all electrical wires and equipment. If you have any doubts about your home electrical system call a licensed electrician.