Heavy rains can cause flooding. If water has risen above the outlets stay out and call us to shut off the power. Electrical equipment and wiring may not work properly and there may be fire and shock hazards because of exposure to moisture and pollutants in floodwater.

Safety Tips to Prepare for a Flood

There are a number of things you can do to your house to help prepare it for a flood. The following steps will help prepare you and your family in the event of an emergency:

  • Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and ground-level doors
  • Install "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home
  • Install the drainage for downspouts a sufficient distance from your home to ensure water moves away from the building
  • Move documents and keepsakes out of the basement
  • Keep instructions for shutting off gas and water valves handy and read them carefully

 

 If you are indoors:
  •  Move essential items (and household chemicals) to an upper floor
  • Disconnect electrical appliances and don’t touch electrical equipment if you’re wet or standing in water
  • Bring in outdoor furniture (if you have time)
  • Don’t eat food that’s come in contact with flood waters
 If you are outdoors:
  •  Move to higher ground if there is a chance of a flash flood
  • Don't walk through moving water as you may fall
  • If you have to walk, look for where the water is not moving and use a stick to check the ground in front of you
  • Keep children and pets away from flood water
  • Don’t drive through floodwaters

More information on how to prepare if you leave your home due to flooding, as well as what to do when you return to your home after a flood, and safety tips for cleaning up wet and damp locations.

Repairs and Inspections After a Flood

Electrical equipment and wiring that has been exposed to water through flooding or fire fighting activities, may be dangerous if they are powered up without proper evaluation and reconditioning or replacement by qualified persons.  Electrical repairs may be needed, as a result of damage from flooding. There are some critical elements to ensure  electrical work is done legally and safely.

More about electrical repairs, permits and inspections.