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After the Damage: Be Sure to Remember

Inspecting your home after flooding or severe weather

Dangers are not over when the storm moves on.  Do not endanger yourself or your family after a water event. Keep children and pets away from areas that may have hidden dangers. It’s not always possible to tell how deep water is from the surface.

At a minimum, follow these basic safety rules prior to the storm, if at all possible:

  1. Determine Structural Stability
  2. If you have any doubts about the structural safety or any of your power/water supplies, contact the authorities or utility company.
  3. Use Protective gear
  4. Turn off power supply
  5. Turn off water supply
  6. Turn off gas supply

Your Electrical Safety

Three basic rules of safety related to electricity:

  • Turn off the power source by disabling your main circut breaker panel. Regardless of whether or not your neighborhood has lost power, this is very important. You should never assume that all area power lines are functioning as they should.
  • Never use an ordinary household vacuum cleaner to remove water.
  • Electrical appliances must never be used while standing on a wet floor.

Basic Security Measures

When your property is not occupied, secure all locks to prevent looting. It is important to remember that alarm systems will often malfunction or not work at all when electrical and telephone services has been interrupted.