Keep you and your family safe after a storm
Here are some basic tips to help keep safe after a storm:
- Do not travel until it is safe to do so. Stay away from flooded and debris-laden areas because they may be hiding downed lines, and do not venture out in the dark because you might not see hazards such as downed power lines.
- Stay far away from downed power lines and anything that may be in contact with a downed power line. Call 911 and FPL at 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) to report downed power lines or other dangerous or hazardous conditions involving FPL poles, wires or transformers.
- Avoid driving in damaged areas. You might interfere with rescue or restoration efforts, as well as jeopardize your own safety.
- Should your power go out, disconnect appliances that are still plugged in and turn off all wall switches, or turn off your main breaker. Remember, never stand in water while operating switches or unplugging any electrical device.
- Be cautious when using a grill, portable stove or other emergency cooking devices.
- If you use a portable generator, run it outside and connect appliances or equipment directly to it. Get more generator safety tips.
- If your home has water damage from leaks or flooding, water may come into contact with electrical wiring:
- When resetting circuit breakers, wear dry, rubber-soled shoes and stand on something dry and non-conductive, such as a dry piece of wood or wooden furniture.
- If you have any doubts about your home's electrical system or are unsure of how to proceed, call a professional, licensed electrician.
- Make emergency repairs, such as those to prevent looting or further damage, only when it is safe to do so.