JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Floods can happen anywhere. Knowing that water and electricity should not mix is very important to know to stay safe. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, electrical hazards may persist after floodwaters recede, and it is important to take precautions before, during, and after flooding.
know the danger
- On average, more deaths occur each year from flooding than from any other extreme weather hazard.
- In the past 5 years, all 50 states have experienced flooding or flash flooding.
- A car can easily be swept away by just two feet of flood water. Nearly half of all flood deaths occur in vehicles.
- An area’s risk of flooding may change over time due to new construction, changes in levee classification, or other environmental factors.
Reduce the risk
- Follow all instructions for disabling utilities. If you are advised to turn off your home’s main power source, flip each circuit breaker, then turn off the main circuit breaker. You may also need to turn off the main gas and water valve to your home.
- DO NOT approach downed power lines, especially if there is standing water nearby
- If your home has been flooded, turn off the power until an electrician has inspected your system for safety
- Have an electrician inspect electrical appliances that have gotten wet, and do not turn on or plug in appliances unless an electrician tells you it is safe
- A trained professional may be able to recondition some devices while others will need to be replaced
- Do not touch a circuit breaker or replace a fuse with wet hands or while standing on a wet surface Reminder: ESFI recommends that portable generators be installed by qualified electricians. When used improperly, you could be exposed to shock, fire, or dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.