If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims. Get it? Mayflower . . .
Anyway, with Spring storms on the horizon, it’s a good idea to refresh your memory with some of the ways to keep your family safe from any of the electrical problems that come with a storm. Here are some tips from your electricians here at Lamm Electrical on staying safe:
- Before the Storm– With today’s technology, most people have weather updates literally right at their fingertips with apps on their cell phones. This allows you time to prepare for storms before they hit. An electrician would recommend unplugging electronic devices before the storm hits. Some people consider buying an emergency generator in the case of power outages. If you go this route, make sure you have a licensed electrician install the generator to make sure it is done properly.
- During the Storm– Depending on the type and severity of the storm, it may be a good idea to stay away from electrical equipment and cords during the duration of the storm. Corded telephones are not wise to use either, though not to worry– your cell phone and wireless devices are ok, so you won’t be totally without entertainment.
- After the Storm– Some of the major concerns with storms are downed power lines and flooding. The best rule of thumb is to stay away from power lines that have fallen and make sure to report them. When entering buildings or rooms, make sure the electric and gas services are turned off and DO NOT try to turn them off yourself if you have to stand in or wade through water to get there. Do not go into flooded basements or other areas with electrical outlets until you know the power has been turned off. Do not use wet or damaged electrical appliances or equipment until you have a professional electrician verify that it is safe to do so.
At Lamm Electric, we’d like to help keep your family safe before, during, and after a storm. For an electrician to help you when the storm’s a-comin’, call us today!