3 Tips For Surviving An Extreme Storm

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When extreme storms hit, there may not be anything you can do about keeping your basement from flooding--but there are certainly things you can do to help keep yourself safe during the crisis. If you would like to learn more about how to protect the well-being of yourself and your family in the event of catastrophic storms, read on. This article will present three safety-minded tips.

Have the electricity turned off before entering a flooded basement.

Many people's first impulse when dealing with a flooded basement is to immediately head down there are start rescuing their more valued items. Unfortunately, this over-eagerness can put you at serious risk. That's because there is always a small chance that the water in that basement has become electrified by the electrical system in your house.

Roughly speaking, the higher the water level, the greater the risk of this happening. In any case, the best option is to place a call to the electrical company, requesting that they disconnect your home's power. Be sure to consult an electrician before having your power restored; even if the water has receded, wet or damp electrical appliances in the basement can still pose a significant risk.

Wear appropriate clothing when entering the basement.

Once you've had your electricity turned off you can enter your basement free from the risk of shock. But that doesn't mean that there won't be other hazards waiting for you. There's a good chance that the flood water will also contain things like chemicals, spilled cleaning supplies, and backed up sewage. Avoid getting sick from this toxic stew by donning high rubber boots and a pair of heavy duty rubber gloves before you begin your salvage operation.

Set up your emergency generator a safe distance from your house.

Those who live in storm prone areas are more likely to own a gas-powered backup generator to help provide power in times of blackout. Yet not all of those people are aware of the dangers posed by an ill-placed generator. In fact, they mistakenly assume that the safest place to put their generator is inside of the garage, or safe beneath the overhang of a porch.

What you need to be aware of is that, during the process of combustion, gasoline generators produce carbon monoxide gas. If a generator is located in a closed-in space, this gas can quickly build to dangerous levels--causing headaches, black outs, or even death. Be sure that your generator is located in a well ventilated area outside of your home, at least five feet away from any window, vent, or doorway leading into your home.

For more information, contact companies like Crest Engineering Associates.

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