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Five Tips to Prevent Electrical Damage during Large Storms

Five Tips to Prevent Electrical Damage during Large Storms

Five Tips to Prevent Electrical Damage during Large Storms

Are you worried about the potential threat of electrical surges during a severe hurricane?  Are you prepared in the event of a power outage?  Electrical hazards can bring about many expense damages and repairs that can prompt you to file property claims to receive insurance compensation.  There are a few tips that you can follow to prevent electrical damage during large storms and hurricanes.

Secure a Back Up Power Source

In the event of a power outage, you will want to have a back-up energy source that can power basic appliances.  Consider getting a generator that can power your cooking appliances and HVAC so that you can keep your house running as efficiently as possible.  This is important in the event of an emergency situation, which can leave you trapped or stuck at home.

Stock Up on Flashlights

When the power goes out, you will also want to have access to many flashlights that can provide you with temporary lighting options.  This is important not just for seeing at night, but for also inspecting dark areas that may be damaged.  For example, you may need to go into cellars or attic spaces to inspect for any damage or risks, and you'll want to have a flashlight handy for these instances.

Unplug Appliances and Devices

When a hurricane is imminent, be sure to unplug appliances and devices from the source.  This will protect them from becoming damaged, fried, or even on fire in the event of a power surge.  If your home was to be struck by lightning, it can cause an electrical current to run through your walls and destroy anything that is plugged into the circuits.  Eliminate this risk by unplugging everything you can when a large storm is headed your way.

Avoid Standing Water

Standing water and electric are two things that don't mix.  Anytime you have flooding issues, you will want to immediately turn off the circuit breaker that leads to that area.  This can prevent damage and electrocution, which can be fatal.  Anytime you have flooding issues, remove all electronics from the area safely to mitigate further damages.

Avoid Using Candles

Candles can also be a fire hazard, especially during large storms.  In the event of heavy winds, your house may be susceptible to shaking or swaying in the wind, which can cause shelves and belongings to be dislodged from their original location.  Prevent any accidents from open flames by avoiding candles during storms.

These are a few necessary steps that you will want to take to avoid any electrical damage or fire damage during hurricane season.  By understanding how to appropriately prepare for hurricanes, you can prevent extensive damages from occurring.  If you happen to suffer from damages, contact our professional public insurance claims adjuster in south Florida for help today.

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