Water and Electricity Don’t Mix
- If you’re wet, barefoot or standing in water, don’t use anything electric or try to plug in power cords.
- If you’re working outdoors or in an area with any dampness, use GFCI-protected outlets or extension cords.
- Stay away from downed power lines.
- Don’t walk in a flooded basement if the power is still on or could go on.
- Turn off the hot water heater (electric or gas) if there is any chance of flood.
- Avoid using candles. If a fire starts, there may be no phone service, the fire department may not be able to get to you, and fire hydrants may not be working.
- Don’t ever use a charcoal or propane grill in the house.
- Turn off propane or natural gas to the house only if instructed to do so by authorities or if you smell gas. Let a pro turn the gas back on after the storm.
- Don’t light matches until you are sure that there is no damage to your gas lines.
- Don’t walk through fast-moving water; as little as 6 inches can knock you off your feet.
- If your car stalls in rising water, get out and get to high ground.
- Don’t walk through a flooded area with bare feet or any open cuts.
- Don’t let your pets drink or swim in floodwater.
Information for this post was made in collaboration with Lowes for a severe weather guide.