Did you know? On average, more deaths occur due to flooding each year than from any other severe weather related hazard. During the spring and summer storm season, heavy rains can lead to hazardous flooding around the Cleveland area. Even if your home is not near a river or stream, it can still be at significant risk of flooding. Those living outside of mapped “high-risk” flood areas file nearly 25% of all flood insurance claims and receive 1/3rd of Federal Disaster Assistance aid. Flooding can occur anywhere, and when it combines with a home’s electrical system, it can be dangerous – even after the floodwaters have receded.
To keep your family and property safe, it’s important to take precautions before, during, and after flooding takes place. Here are some tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) that can help you be prepared for flooding.
How Significant Are The Dangers Of Flooding?
- Over the past 5 years all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods
- It takes only around 2 feet of floodwater to carry a car away
- Nearly half of all flood fatalities occur in vehicles
- From 2003 to 2012, total flood insurance claims averaged nearly $4 billion per year
- An area’s risk of flood can change over time due to new construction, changes in levee classification, or other environmental factors
How You Can Reduce Your Risk
First, follow any instructions to turn off utilities. If you’re directed to switch off the main power source to your home, flip each breaker and THEN turn off the main breaker. You may also need to shut off the main valve for your home’s gas and water supply.
DO NOT go near any downed power lines especially if there is standing water nearby If your home experienced flooding, keep the power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.
Have an electrician inspect electrical appliances that have been wet, and do not turn on or plug in appliances unless an electrician tells you it is safe.
A trained professional may be able to recondition some electrical appliances while others will require replacement.
Do not touch a circuit breaker or replace a fuse with wet hands or while standing on a wet surface .
Portable generators should be installed by qualified electricians. When not used properly you could be at risk for shocks, fires, or dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
If your home has been flooded, don’t take chances, have Clover Electric inspect the electrical system for damage that could cause unsafe conditions.