Arlington, VA—With Hurricane Hermine making its way steadily toward the United States, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is reminding residents that danger may linger in your home even after the storm has passed.
“As families begin to clean up following a storm or flood, it is important to be aware of potential dangers that result whenever water comes into contact with electricity,” cautions ESFI president Brett Brenner. “Before flipping a switch or plugging in an appliance, have a licensed electrician check the house wiring and appliances to make sure they are safe to use.”
ESFI offers the following safety tips to help you weather the storm and its aftermath safely:
Always assume fallen power lines are energized.
Do not return home until instructed by the appropriate local authorities.
Submerged Electrical Appliances
Electrical equipment exposed to water can be extremely dangerous if reenergized without proper reconditioning or replacement.
Portable generators can be a convenient source of temporary power during outages caused by storms, but they can also be dangerous if not used properly.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. For a comprehensive hurricane safety guide, visit www.esfi.org.