Matthews, NC 28104
704-821-0882
5001 Highway 421 North, Vilas NC 28692
828-297-3000
1228 19th St NW, Hickory NC 28601
828-759-5820
117 Thomas Mill Rd Holly Springs, NC 27540
919-741-5577
30 Timberidge Dr. Clover, SC 29710
803-610-4510
Greensboro
336-579-0060
Raleigh office
919-670-3131
Cornelius
704.498.9984
Fort Mill
803.746.0930

How to Protect Yourself Against Electrical Hazards After a Disaster

electricalAfter a flood, hurricane or other natural disaster, you must take extreme care to avoid electrical hazards in your home, as well as elsewhere. Here’s how to protect yourself, your family and others:

  • NEVER touch a fallen power line. Report it to the power company.
  • During cleanup and other activities, avoid contact with overhead power lines.
  • If downed power lines are in standing water, do not drive through it. Call, or ask someone else to call, the emergency services and the local utility company.
  • If electrical equipment and electrical circuits are wet, or in or near water, switch the power off at the fuse on the service panel or the main breaker. Don’t walk in standing water to access the power switch; call an electrician to do it.
  • Never switch the power on or off, or use an electrical appliance or tool, while standing in water. Don’t switch the power back on until all electrical equipment has been checked by an electrician.
  • If you see sparks or frayed wiring when power is restored, or if there’s a burning smell but no visible fire, shut off the system at the main breaker immediately.
  • Ask an electrician if it’s okay to use a power generator because, if the generator is online when service is restored, it could become a fire hazard and endanger the lives of the restoration workers.

At Spangler Restoration in Charlotte, NC, we are a team of restoration, cleaning and remodeling professionals who offer disaster repair & cleaning for residential and commercial properties. We guarantee fast emergency response and the latest technology. Please contact us for more information.

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