It’s that time of year again…storm season. Temperatures are cooling off and jet streams are changing which sometimes can stir up some nasty storms, especially if you live near a large body of water. We want to make sure that you and your family are safe during severe storms, so we have provided you with some of our best tips for preparing your home for storm season.
- Make sure that you have an emergency kit within reach at all times. It should include all the necessary things like batteries, mylar blanket, and a flashlight. Don’t forget to stock any first aid supplies you may need as well such as band-aids, peroxide, gauze, and tape.
- During severe storms, there is a high probability that you will lose your power. Make sure that your cell phones are charged and that you can survive without having to charge anything for a good amount of time. It is a good idea to have matches and a stove ready so that you have a feasible way of preparing meals. Stock up on as many canned foods as possible and have some easy to prepare meals on hand just to make life a little less complicated during the storm.
- If the storm is severe enough, there may also be a water shortage. Purchase flats of bottled water as well as jugs of purified water you can use for washing, drinking and cooking purposes. Don’t forget to include a little extra water for any pets or animals you may have.
- If you are living in an apartment, you should know the location of all the emergency exits. You should also know the exact location of your fuse box in case of an emergency. The possibility of a fire starting will increase if there is damage to electrical wiring, so go over your family’s fire exit plan as well as the locations of all of the fire extinguishers in your home. It’s also a good idea to do a little refresher course on how to use the fire extinguishers. Make it a habit to regularly check the expiration dates on your extinguishers as well.
- Take a moment and look out for hanging branches from any nearby tree which may fall on your property or even more important, your house. Trim any branches you feel may cause danger to you or your home.
During the storm, you will also want to take some precautions like:
- Unplug all major electrical appliances and gadgets such as computers, televisions, DVR’s and stereo systems.
- If you see a power line lying on the ground, stay away from it. Immediately dial 911 and inform them. Coming into contact with a downed wire can cause serious injury and even death.
In case there is an outage, do the following:
- Call the helpline number to your power company and inform about the outage.
- If the storm happens during the winter months, it may get really cold quickly. Wear as many layers of warm clothes as possible. Also, close all the doors and the windows. A candle won’t be enough to keep you warm. You can, however, use it as a light.
- Make sure to leave at least one light on, so that you know when the power comes back.
- Finally, when you have ensured your safety, it will be a nice gesture to check out on your neighbors and ensure that they are also safe, especially homebound or elderly neighbors.
When the power finally comes back, keep in mind the following things:
- Slowly turn on your electrical appliances one by one. If you turn everything on at once, then there may be another outage or surge.
- Check your property for any damage.
- Call Penna Electric if you need any repairs done to your wiring or electrical system.
If you are in need of any type of electrical repairs or installation, call Penna Electric. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff will get your electrical work done right the first time every time.