We all know that water and electricity is a dangerous combination. Water is an excellent conductor which means you can become electricity’s path to the ground if you are touching water that touches electricity thus electrocuting you which could cause death. This is why it’s so important to be aware of your surroundings when you’re in a situation that involves both water and electricity.
If you ever fall victim to flooding, you need to be aware of the dangers associated with live electricity. We’ve pulled together a list of tips that will keep you safe when you’re dealing with the aftermath of a flood.
Ensure that your property is safe before you enter it
After a flood occurs all you want to do is get back into your home and carry on as normal. What you need to ensure, however, is your property is completely safe before you enter it. You should consult professionals to determine the extent of damage to your electrical system and home before you start dealing with the aftermath yourself.
Turn off the electricity supply if it is safe to do so
Before you do anything, turn off your electricity at the source but only if it’s safe to do so. If you can see water inside the fuse box or there are any signs of overheating, don’t attempt to turn it off yourself and seek professional advice instead.
Don’t go near exposed wiring
There is always a chance that exposed wiring could still be live and cause major risks such as an electric shock so avoid any contact.
Avoid contact with any remaining water
Any water that has remained in your home could still be contaminated and pose a hazard to anyone who walks through it. If there’s enough electrical current running through it, it can be lethal.
Unplug any damaged electrical appliances
As well as unplugging damaged electrical appliances, you should also move any portable electric devices from the area that’s been flooded to avert any more dangers.
When faced with a flood there will be a lot of thoughts going through your mind but by following the tips we’ve given you, you’ll be more aware and better equipped to face the aftermath of the flooding and stay safe in the process.