Water and Electricity Don’t Mix!

Water and Electricity Don’t Mix!

In Texas, flash floods can occur without very much warning. How can you protect yourself and your family when bad weather hits?

BEFORE:

  • Have an emergency kit in an accessible, preferably high-ground place. The kit should include flashlights, a first aid kit, rubber gloves, battery-operated radio and extra batteries, rainboots, and a dry wooden stick (or other long object) so that you can flip fuse switches safely if necessary.
  • Clearly mark all fuses in the fuse box so you’re familiar with the switches and where they lead
  • Unplug all appliances and bring large ones (eg: washer or dryer) to higher ground, if possible. You can also set them on concrete blocks.

DURING: 

  • Keep away from outlets and electrical appliances, especially if they are covered by water.
  • If you have small children, keep them away from outlets and cords
  • If power lines go down, notify your utility company or the authorities
  • Don’t use water, flush toilets, or take a shower unless absolutely necessary, to reduce the burden on sewer lift stations.

AFTER: 

  • Don’t go into a flooded basement or room unless you’re ABSOLUTELY SURE the electricity is off. If you aren’t sure, do not enter and call an electrician or your utility company.
  • Don’t plug in any generators. It could cause a fire, damage to the outlets, or cause electricity to flow into a nearby electrical line, endangering crews and other homes around you.
  • Don’t touch any electrical devices that are wet or may have been damaged, including outlets or cords. Call your electrician or utility company.
  • If you see any downed power lines, don’t go near them! Report them to your utility company or the authorities.
  • When the water has receded, give 3 days or more for appliances to dry out completely before attempting to use them again.
  • If your breaker box or main fuse box got wet, you must have an electrician check your wiring before you attempt to use electricity.