HOW TO STAY SAFE AND AVOID ELECTRICAL HAZARDS DURING A STORM
Making sure that you and your family stay safe is obviously one of your primary concerns. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can ever do to fully eliminate all risks. Still, there are plenty of precautions you can take, and this is especially true when it comes to protecting yourself and your family from the many potential electrical hazards that can arise during a storm. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash floods, hurricanes, and other storms can all lead to dangerous conditions and greatly increase the risk of injury from fires, burns, and electrocution. Luckily, there are a few simple steps that you can take to decrease these risks and hopefully ensure that you and your family stay safe during an extreme weather event.
1. Unplug appliances: During a storm, it’s a good idea to unplug your appliances to protect them from power surges.
2. Turn off major appliances: Turn off major appliances such as air conditioners, water heaters, and stoves to reduce the risk of damage from power surges.
3. Charge your devices: Make sure your phones, laptops, and other devices are fully charged before the storm hits.
4. Use surge protectors: Use surge protectors to protect your electronics from power surges.
5. Have a backup power source: Consider investing in a backup power source such as a generator or battery backup system to keep your essential appliances running during a power outage. Contact Tri-County for generator information. We are a trusted Generac Service Provider.
6. Stay away from downed power lines: If you see a downed power line, stay away, and call your utility company immediately.
7. Follow local safety guidelines: Follow any safety guidelines provided by your local authorities and utility company during a storm to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Contact Tri-County for a home safety audit.