Disaster Preparedness is Electrical Safety Month Theme

In celebration of 2019’s Electrical Safety Month this May, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is focusing on the importance of preparing for, surviving, and rebuilding after natural disasters with the theme "Electrical Safety During Natural Disasters."

ESFI spearheads an annual campaign to educate key audiences about the steps that can be taken in order to reduce the number of electrically-related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss. Since its inception in 1990 the program has been adopted by the National Electrical Contractors Association and other organizations including OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

The pros at Allstar Electrical Services want to remind you of common electrical hazards that exist both inside your home and out during the times when Nature misbehaves. Here’s a look at how to deal with natural disasters like floods, lightning strikes, and damaging winds.

Be Prepared for Trouble

Today’s homes and businesses are highly reliant on electricity to power them and their contents. Here are some ways to stay safe before, during and after a major storm.

Before the storm hits…

  • Charge all phones and other communication devices
  • Unplug electronics and move them to avoid water damage from flooding and leaks
  • If power is out, turn off the main power breaker to prevent any surges from damaging the wiring and equipment when power is restored
  • Have a qualified arborist remove any tree branches that endanger power lines

After the storm…

  • Evaluate the aftermath, being very aware of your surroundings
  • Stay at least 20 feet from downed power lines and report downed lines or damaged equipment to your utility. Call 911 in an emergency
  • Avoid touching any objects the line may be laying on such as a fence, car, or light pole as they may be energized
  • Do not attempt to remove damaged branches near power lines. Call a qualified arborist or your utility.
  • Avoid damp and flooded areas since they may be electrified
  • Do not use any electrical equipment or electronics if they’ve been submerged
  • If flooding has occurred, have the electrical system inspected by a qualified electrical inspector
  • If you’re using a generator, be sure it’s properly installed with an approved transfer switch and GFCI protection

For more information on electrical safety and disaster preparedness, visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International website. Be sure to check the additional resources at the bottom of the page.

While storms can be devastating, the aftermath can be just as challenging.  But it can also be an opportunity to renovate and upgrade your electrical service and add extra disaster protection such as backup power.

Electrical safety is a year-round job and electrical problems need prompt attention. Allstar Electrical Services offers rapid response radio-dispatched emergency services 24/7. Call 303.399.7420 or visit our website. We’ve served the Front Range for over 15 years and are top-rated by the BBB.

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