Electrical Safety: Hurricane Preparedness

Use these tips to ensure electrical safety during the storm.

As Hurricane Matthew continues on its path up the coast, it is important that you gather adequate supplies, have an emergency plan ready, and prepare your family and home to weather the storm. Below are some recommendations for safeguarding your home and protecting your family during the hurricane, or similar severe weather conditions.

Before the Hurricane

  • Gather flashlights, lanterns, and other light sources that are not dependent on electricity should there be a power outage.
  • Purchase spare batteries for your battery powered lights and radio.
  • Refill any eligible and necessary prescriptions to avoid running out during the storm or in the days that follow.
  • Have an evacuation plan prepared should there be an extended power outage.

During the Hurricane

  • Be mindful of candles and other open flames and keep them away from furniture, curtains, and other flammable items.
  • Refrain from opening your refrigerator and freezer to keeps items cold and frozen as long as possible during power outages.
  • Listen to your radio for information on the storm and any power outages in the region.
  • Switch off the power to your home’s heating and cooling system, as well as your electric stove.
  • Unplug sensitive electronics such as televisions, disc players, and computers to prevent damaging power fluctuations from reaching them when the power returns.
  • Allow 10 – 15 minutes before turning on electronics and your HVAC system once the power returns.

Following the Hurricane

  • Don’t go near downed power lines as they could be dangerous –notify the power company immediately.
  • Be aware of potential downed power cables that are hidden in debris; lines that make contact with objects on the ground (trees, fencing, water) can become charged and seriously injure anyone who touches them.
  • Talk to neighbors if you’re experiencing a power outage to determine if it’s neighborhood wide, or just a tripped breaker or blown fuse in your home.
  • Do not replace fuses or touch breakers with wet hands or while standing on a wet surface.
  • If you use a power generator, ensure that it is operated in an adequately ventilated area.
  • If you cook food with charcoal or Sterno, only do so outside to prevent emission of toxic carbon monoxide into your home.
  • Replenish your emergency supplies following the storm to ensure that you are prepared for your next emergency.
  • Schedule an appointment to have one of our electricians assess your home’s electrical system for any damage or other issues.

Walkup Electrical Construction wishes everyone a safe weekend.