Know how to stay safe after storms
Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding can leave more than damage in their wake— they can leave hidden dangers as well. Safe Electricity advises everyone to be mindful of the electrical hazards that storms and flooding can leave behind.
Stay away from downed power lines and be alert to the possibility that tree limbs or debris may hide an electrical hazard. Treat all downed or hanging power lines as if they are energized and dangerous. Lines do not have to be arcing or sparking to be live. Warn others to stay away and contact the electric utility.
Never step in to a flooded basement or other area if water is covering electrical outlets, appliances or cords. Be alert to any electrical equipment that could be energized and in contact with water. Never touch electrical appliances, cords or wires while you are wet or standing in water. Never turn off your break box if you must stand in water to do so.
If you are cleaning up, do not use electric yard tools if it is raining, the ground is wet, or you are standing in water. Keep all electric tools and equipment at least ten feet away from wet surfaces.
Do not use water-damaged electronics or appliances until a professional has verified that they are safe.
If you are driving and come upon a downed power line, stay in your vehicle, warn others to stay away, and contact emergency personnel or the electric utility. Never drive over a downed line. A downed line causes other things around it to become potentially hazardous.