Staying safe as power is restored to your home and/or business

Safely restoring power to your home and/or business following any hurricane is extensive. After returning to your home and/or business, customers must assess damage and preform clean-up and repairs which can be difficult. Make that time safe and productive by following these tips:

  • If your electrical equipment has gotten wet or is near water, turn off the power at the main breaker. If you must enter water to access the main switch, call an electrician to turn it off.
  • Do not turn electrical equipment back on until it has been inspected by a qualified electrician.
  • Stay clear of downed power lines, as they may still be energized and dangerous. Puddles of water contacting downed lines are just as dangerous.
  • Do not trim trees or remove debris located near downed power lines.
  • If you must remove debris from in or around your home, do not pile it under or near electrical lines or equipment.
  • If appliances were on when the power was lost, make sure all appliances are turned off. If left on, they could pose fire hazards when the power is restored.
  • Refrain from using candles and instead, use a battery-operated flashlight as an alternative light source.
  • Do not re-freeze food once it begins to thaw.
  • Do not use tap water until it is safe. Boil water before drinking until you receive official word that the water is safe.

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