To help protect you from storm-related electrical hazards, ESFI is providing answers to common storm safety questions about post evacuation procedures.
The storm is finally over. Can I go home now?
First and foremost, do NOT return home until instructed by the appropriate local authorities.
Once they give the go-ahead:
- Return home during daylight hours, especially if power has not been restored.
- If you smell gas, leave the premises and notify emergency authorities immediately. Do not turn on lights, light matches, or engage in any activity that could create a spark.
I’ve been told by my local authorities that I can return home now, but could there still be electrical dangers in and around my home?
Yes – Even if you have been authorized to return home, you should still take precautions to protect yourself from electrical hazards posed by downed power lines, flooded areas, and water-damaged appliances and electrical equipment.