Late winter and early spring in Camarillo, CA is prime time for rainstorms and the various dangers that come with them. It is important to be able to recognize the signs of electrical hazards from storms to be able to avoid them and their related consequences. Here are some of the best ways to stay safe from electrical dangers during storm season.
Stay Far Away From Downed Power Lines
Power lines that have fallen in a storm are very dangerous to anyone in the immediate area. Even if they do not look like they have a current running through them, they can deliver powerful jolts of electricity through water, structures, or the ground that can be enough to kill a person.
Avoid Contact With Corded Devices and Appliances
Lightning can travel through the electrical system of a home, so it is best to avoid using corded devices and appliances while the storm is raging. If electricity surges through the device, it could cause sparks, a fire, or even an explosion that could injure anyone nearby. Cordless and cellular phones can be used safely during a storm.
Avoid Contact With Water
Water is a great conductor of electricity, making most water-related activities dangerous during a storm. Avoid hand-washing dishes, taking a bath, or taking a shower while the storm is still going and there is a risk of a lightning strike to the house.
Stay in the Car If Caught Outside
A vehicle can be a safe shelter in a storm if it has a metal top and is fully enclosed. Do not park under trees that may fall or power lines that could come down. Stay inside the vehicle until the storm has passed.
Stay Out of Standing Water
Standing water is a serious danger during storms, whether it is outside of the home as a large puddle or inside the home as a flooded basement. Power lines, electrical cords, and submerged outlets can all electrify water, and stepping into this water can be enough to send electricity coursing through the body.
Do Not Use Wet Electrical Equipment
Electrical equipment that has been exposed to water can be damaged in ways that are invisible to the naked eye. Water damage to the motors, circuits, and safety features can make the item extremely dangerous to use. Any equipment that could have been damaged by water should be inspected by a certified electrician for reconditioning or replacement.
Storms can bring serious risks for electrically-related fatalities, and being able to recognize the dangers is key to keeping you and your family safe. Economy Lighting and Electric has been helping the Camarillo community with electrical safety and awareness for the past 25 years, and our certified electricians are standing by to help with all of your electrical needs. For more information or to schedule an inspection, call us today!