Electrical Safety During Hurricanes
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November, with the peak season happening between mid-August to late October. On average there are six hurricanes, three of which are categorized as “major,” each year. History provides important examples of the potentially dangerous impact hurricanes can have and the need to be prepared.
Prepare for the storm
· Charge all phones and communications devices
· Unplug all electronics and move them as high as possible
· If recommended by utilities or emergency offices, turn off breakers to avoid power surges
Weather the storm
· Stay indoors during hurricanes and away from windows and glass
· Never operate a portable generator inside your home
· Never connect a generator directly into your home’s wiring unless a transfer switch has been installed
· Always use GFCIs in areas where water and electricity may come in contact
Recover from the storm
· Do not use electrical equipment and electronics, including receptacles, that have been submerged in water
· Have a qualified electrician inspect any water-damaged electrical equipment and electronics
· Stay away from downed power lines. If you encounter a downed power line, stay at least 35 feet away and do not touch the line or anything that may be in contact with the line
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