Tips from our friends at the Electrical Safety Authority and the Waterloo Region Emergency Management Centre can help keep you safe before, during and after stormy weather - including how to prepare for an emergency, how to reduce the the impact of dangerous hazards such as downed power lines and flooding.
In the Community
- Downed power lines may be live! Stay at least 35 feet or 11 meters away because electricity can travel through water and on the ground. Call 911. Remain well back.
- Don't clear storm debris until the power is disconnected or power lines are repaired. Contact Us to disconnect the power.
- If a downed power line lands on your car, remain inside until emergency responders arrive to help.
Around Your Home
- Heavy rain and high winds can bring trees and branches down onto power lines causing blackouts and electrically charged hazards.
- Beware if water gets into your home as electrical systems may be affected. Contact a licensed electrical contractor to make repairs.
- When flood water rises above electrical outlets or power cords, or is near the service panel, it could be energized. Contact Us to disconnect the power immediately.
- Be careful using portable generators.
Repairs, Permits, Inspections
Many homeowners may need to have electrical repairs done as a result of damage from severe weather. There are some critical elements to ensure electrical work is done legally and safely. More about electrical repairs, permits and inspections.