Hurricanes can be damaging. In fact, there is nothing friendly about them. While we never hope they occur, it never hurts to prepare for when they do. Here are electricity tips to prepare for a hurricane.
Install an emergency generator
When a hurricane hits, chances are you will lose the electrical power supplied by your utility company. This is where an emergency generator comes in handy. Generators are costly to purchase and install and there are several things to consider before and during the whole process. However, when all of those details are worked out, the generator can be installed to come on automatically when power is lost. This gives you electrical power during the bad weather.
Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detector.
Ensure that your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working perfectly before the hurricane. If you have never had one, it is advisable to get them installed as soon as possible.
Shut off power
Rather than wait for the hurricane to cause any electrical damage, you can consider shutting off the breaker. Unplug all appliances and keep them away from possible water damage. Try to avoid water coming in contact with anything electric if you can. Avoid standing water too, if you can.
Install a surge protector.
A surge protector can protect you from electrical hazards and even damage during a storm or hurricane. It is a great addition to your electrical system to offer protection from surges.
What to do after the hurricane electricity-wise
Do not turn on your breaker or any electronic appliance after the hurricane. If water has come in contact with your electrical system, you must call an electrician first to check for safety. The electrician will inform you on what is safe and what is not. They will also let you know if rewiring or panel work is needed.
Contact us at Elcon Electric to assist with hurricane preparedness measures for your home’s electrical system.