It's Important To Stay Safe Around Electricity After A Flood – Here Are Some Safety Tips

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It is possible that your home could be subjected to a devastating flood due to a hurricane or heavy rainfall in too short of a time frame. When the water recedes and you are allowed back to your home, there are some important safety tips you need to follow, especially where your electricity is concerned.

Outside Safety

When you are returning home after a flood, be careful to stay away from downed power lines. Avoid them while driving home and when you're outside your house. There is no guarantee the power to those wires is completely off, and you could get seriously hurt if you come into contact with one. The same is true if you see any power lines "arcing." This is a sign that they are live, and you could get hurt if you go near them.

If you see any tree limbs or debris that have attached themselves to power lines leading into your home, don't touch them. It is better to call the professionals to remove debris and to ensure the power is turned off first.

Turning the Power On

Before you can attempt to turn the power back on in your home, you need to know if there is power in your area. If there is, check to see if the water level went over your electrical outlets inside the home. If it did, don't attempt to turn the power back on without calling an electrician. A professional will come in and check out the damage to the power lines and will be able to tell if it is safe to turn the power back on in your home. If there is any major damage to the electrical systems in your home, power will need to be disconnected from the main line so that repairs can be made.

Appliances and Electronics

Once you have established power back in your home, you need to be careful with your appliances and electronics, and ensure there is no major damage to them. If they have been severely compromised with water, it is unsafe to turn them on. You need to dry out each piece of electronic and every appliance as much as you can, and for several days. After they are dry, have them checked out by a certified professional who deals with that particular appliance or electronic device. You might have to replace them if the damage is too severe.

Your air conditioner unit also needs to be inspected by a qualified professional before turning it back on. You might also need to clear away any mud or debris from the unit before you get it inspected.

To learn more, talk to an electrical repair service in your area.