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Precautions for After the Storm
To protect against the hazards of the aftermath of severe storms,
follow this safety advice:
- Take care when stepping into a flooded area, and
be aware that submerged outlets or electrical cords may energize the
water, posing a potential lethal trap.
- Do not use electrical appliances that have been wet.
Water can damage the motors in electrical appliances, such as
furnaces, freezers, refrigerators, washing machines and dryers.
For those that have been under water, have them reconditioned by
a qualified service repairman, or purchase new ones.
- Take special care with portable electric generators,
which can provide a good source of power, but if improperly
installed or operated, can become deadly.
- Do not connect generators directly to household
wiring. Power from generators can backfeed along power lines and
electrocute anyone coming in contact with them, including line
workers making repairs. A qualified, licensed electrician should
install your generator to ensure that it meets local electrical
- Make sure extension cords used with generators are
rated for the load, and are free of cuts, worn insulation, and have
- Do not operate the generator in enclosed or
partially enclosed spaces. Generators can produce high levels of
carbon monoxide very quickly, which can be deadly.
- Use a ground fault circuit interrupter
(GFCI) to help prevent electrocutions
and electrical shock injuries.
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