May is Electrical Safety Month, spearheaded by the non-profit Electrical Safety Foundation International. This organization is dedicaated to promoting electrical safety at home, school, and places of work. This year, the ESFI is offering a comprehensive collection of resources to help the development of electrical safety campaigns throughout your community with a focus on “Electrical Safety During Natural Disasters.” Read our Top 5 Tips for staying safe during a disaster or follow the links below to view some of the great resources from the ESFI!
1. Charge Up
Communication is key during any natural disaster so make sure you have a charged phone before a storm hits. If it starts to flood, unplug these devices and move them away from potential water damage. Familiarize yourself with your phone’s battery saving features and turn off any apps that may utilize your phones resources. Read more
2. Generate Safely
Never operate a generator inside your home or other enclosed/partially-enclosed spaces. This includes garages! The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends generators be positioned 20ft+ from doors, windows, and vents to prevent Carbon monoxide from entering your home. Read more
3. Power Lines
Downed power lines are risky business. Do not attempt to go near a downed power line as they can energize the ground up to 35 feet away. This is especially the case if there is standing water nearby. Do not drive over downed power lines or through water that is in contact with them. Read more
You may be instructed to turn off certain utilities in your home during a natural disaster, including your power. If instructed to turn off your power, flip each breaker first then turn off the main breaker. If your home does flood, keep the power off until an electrician has inspected it. Read more
Lightning can cause harmful power surges that may damage expensive electronics in your home. Consider having an electrician install a surge protection device like the Eaton Surge on your panel box. This device will limit any electrical surge by diverting currents at the service entrance. Read more
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