Electrical Safety After a Hurricane
Although the wind and rain from the hurricane have passed South Carolina, major health and safety hazards remain. Serious injury can result for anyone dealing with the aftermath of a major storm, so it's wise to be overly cautious.
- Beware of outdoor hazards. Watch out for loose or dangling power lines, and report them immediately to proper authorities. Many lives are lost by electrocution.
- Be sure all electric and gas services are turned off before entering premises for the first time.
- Disconnect main switch and all circuits.
- Remove covers from all outlets and fuses or multibreaker boxes and flush with clean water. Let dry and spray with contact cleaner/lubricant.
- Watch for electrical shorts or live wires. Don't turn on any lights or appliances until an electrician has checked the system for short circuits.
- Electric motors in appliances that have been flooded should be thoroughly cleaned and reconditioned before they are put back into service.