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Flood Safety Tips
  • Water and electricity are a dangerous combination. Before floodwater enters your home, be sure to turn off your main circuit breaker.

  • If water has risen above the electrical outlets in your home, contact a licensed electrician before turning on your main circuit breaker or trying to restore power.

  • Allow all electrical appliances and electronic equipment, once submerged in water, to dry thoroughly — for at least one week. Then, have them checked by a qualified repair person before turning them on. Attempting to repair a flood-damaged appliance could result in electrical shock or death. Attempting to restart it could result in further damage and costly repairs.

  • With the circuit breaker off and all appliances disconnected, plug in one floor lamp. Then, reset the breaker and check other plugs one at a time. If the breaker trips when you reset it, you should call an electrician.

  • If the outside unit of your air conditioning system has been under water, mud may have accumulated in the controls. Attempting to restart it could result in further damage and costly repairs. Have your unit checked by a qualified air conditioning technician.

  • Do not attempt to cross flowing streams, and never drive through flooded roadways. If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and move to higher ground. Be especially cautious at night when it is more difficult to recognize flood dangers.

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