Cleveland OH (PRWEB) June 15, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water restoration services in the country, is warning property owners against the dangers of electrical fires and other related hazards during severe weather events. Electrical problems can occur during severe weather and continue even after the storm has passed in the form of downed power lines, saturated electrical equipment, and misuse of portable generators.
As is always the case with any type of severe weather, safety should always be the top priority, with appropriate measures taken before, during, and after a storm to prevent injury or damage to life and property. Restoration Local recommends and endorses the following procedures:
Downed power lines are the most common type of electrical damage following a severe weather event. It should always be assumed that downed lines are active and therefore dangerous.
Persons encountering fallen lines should remain at least ten feet away to prevent possible injury. The power company should be contacted at once and made aware of the problem as well as its location.
If another person has come into contact with the power line, do not attempt to touch that person in any way, since electricity is passed from conductor to conductor and will result in electrocution. In addition, other objects should not be used to move damaged power lines. Even non-conductive materials like wood or cloth may become conductive if they are wet.
Portable generators are commonly used to provider power in the wake of a severe storm; however they can become hazardous if they are operated in enclosed places such as basements or garages. They produce high levels of carbon monoxide which may cause serious illness or death. The generators should be kept dry and clear of any type of excess water.
Problems with the electrical system may result in electrically generated fires. Electrical fires may be the most dangerous type of fire, since throwing water on them will not work and may actually make the problem worse. This is why electricity should be shut off if there has been any sort of damage to the property as the result of severe weather. In any case of an electrical fire it is important to call 911 immediately and evacuate the property.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local has become one of the leading providers of water restoration services in the country, with providers in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is backed by the industry’s most comprehensive guarantee.