What You Should Know Before Power Is Restored
Prepare your home to receive power
When the power goes out, switches for appliances and other electronics in your home may remain in the “on” position. To protect your family and your belongings, follow these steps to ensure your home is ready to receive power.
- If you were cooking when the power went out, make sure you have turned off ovens, stoves and toasters. If still turned on when we restore power, these appliances may be a fire hazard.
- Turn off air conditioners and any sensitive electronic equipment to protect them from possible power surges.
Looks may be deceiving
Although your house may look safe, it may not be safe to receive power. Here are a few simple steps to help you and your family stay safe and avoid injury after the storm passes.
- If your roof or windows leak, you may have water in your walls and ceiling. This could present a risk if the water comes in contact with electrical wiring. Be sure to follow these important safety tips:
- Turn off your circuit breakers, disconnect all electrical appliances that are still plugged in and turn off all wall switches.
- Do not stand in water when operating switches or unplugging anything.
- Depending on the damage to your home, you may need a licensed electrical contractor to survey your home and make repairs.
- If you have overhead power lines running to your home, check for damage from the connection on the house (called a weatherhead) to the power line. If you have damage on this device, you will need to call an electrician for repairs before FPL is able to reconnect your service. If you see damage to the meter, call FPL and we will make repairs.
- If underground lines power your home, look for damage to your meter. If you see damage to the meter, call FPL to schedule a repair.
Don't make a close inspection
Don't closely inspect your wiring or other electrical equipment. For your own safety, hire an electrical contractor to perform this job.
Use a licensed contractor
If you call a contractor, make sure that whoever you hire possesses a state license. Ask to see a license and a Certificate of Competency (CC) number.