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Electrical Safety in Storm Season

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It may not feel like Spring just yet, but it’s just around the corner. Spring season means storm season in the Midwest, and a higher chance of electrical mishaps. Read the following advice and keep it in mind so that you can avoid electrical hazards.

If you are outside during a storm:

  • Stand away from other people.
  • Avoid water, and metal. Stay away from anything damp, even grass.
  • Don’t stand near trees or any tall objects. Move to a low point. Lighting will strike the tallest object.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.

If you are driving during a storm:

  • Use caution. Drive slowly, or pull off the road to a safe area if possible.
  • Do not use electronic devices in your car.
  • Do not leave your vehicle, unless you have to. If so, jump out with both feet so that they touch the ground at the same time.

 If you are inside during a storm:

  • Use cordless phones.
  • Avoid contact with water and plumbing.
  • If you have time before the storm, unplug all electrical devices from the walls.
  • Stay clear of windows and doors.

The most important thing to remember is to be aware of your surroundings and avoid hazardous electrical situations if you can. Call 911 immediately if there is an electrical situation that endangers you or others.