Safety Awareness In A Storm

You can protect your self and your loved ones in the event of the hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and lightning storms that kill and injure thousands annually if you are proficient in electrical protection during and after weather disasters.

"After severe weather is finished, electrical threats may still trigger deaths and injuries," mentioned Brett Brenner, The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) president. ESFI cautions consumers to watch out for electrical hazards connected with downed power lines, portable electric generators and electrical wiring or appliances that have been wet. These precautions may help:

~ Use care when going into flooded areas--whether indoors or out. Submerged sites, electric cords, and downed power lines can enable water, posing a lethal trap.

~ Avoid anything and downed electricity lines touching them.

~ If you see an individual who is in contact with a power line, don't feel anyone. You can get to be the next victim. Call 911.

~ Don't get over downed power lines.

~ Have electricians install portable electric generators to ensure they satisfy local electrical codes and are precisely seated. Incorrectly installed generators can "backfeed" along power lines and electrocute crews trying to restore power.

~ keep consistently the generator dry. Don't work it in enclosed or partially enclosed areas. Deadly carbon monoxide is produced by generators.

~ Do not overload a follow the manufacturer's guidelines watchfully.

~ make use of a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to simply help prevent electrocutions.

~ Do not use electrical wiring or equipment that's been wet. Contact a qualified support restoration seller to recondition electrical equipment; electrical systems can be inspected by a licensed electrician.

~ To avoid lightning strikes, remain inside and far from windows during storms.

~ All Through electrical storms, do not use grounded phones aside from emergencies.

~ Avoid experience of water and plumbing during electrical storms.

~ If outdoors during electrical storms, go on to a low level. Steer clear of steel objects.

Pets Do not be forgotten by a throughout thunderstorms. Doghouses aren't safe from lightning. Chained animals can very quickly become victims of lightning strikes.

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