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Electrical Safety During Storms
Severe storms and natural disasters can cause a variety of electrical safety hazards in and around our homes. Lightning, downed power lines, and floods are just a few of the serious safety concerns associated with storms.
Unfortunately, many of these electrical safety hazards remain long after the storm itself has passed. Here are some tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to help you and your loved ones stay safe during and after storms.
Though you may feel that you are miles away from lightning, it can strike anywhere and it is always looking for a path to the ground. You should take precautions to ensure that lightning’s path does not pass through a human body to get to the ground. There is not always warning before lightning strikes, so be prepared at all times.
If you are outside during a lightning storm:
If you are driving when a lightning storms strikes:
If you are inside your home during a lightning storm:
Downed Power Lines
These pose severe and possibly lethal threats. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and if you see a power line down remain at least 10 feet away from the line and anything touching it. The proper way to move away from the line is to shuffle away with small steps, keeping your feet together and on the ground at all times.
Standing water should always be approached with extreme caution. Submerged outlets or electrical cords in a flooded basement can energize the water and pose a lethal trap.