Safety Tips for Times of Flooding and Other Severe Weather Situations

In recent months the United States and the western hemisphere have experienced several hurricanes impacting Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, and other parts of the country to a lesser amount. These severe weather related conditions bring extreme conditions such as massive flooding, down power lines, restricted transportation, limited telephone and other communications and loss of life. The destruction from these massive storms can take years for a community to fully re-build, and even in the case of New Orleans after Katrina there are sections that have not and may not re-build.

Weather damage can occur at any time and the clean up can be costly and time consuming. If you suspect that the foundation, or structure of your home has changed or you now experience water in areas of your lower level that you didn’t have before, you have need of a structural repair or waterproofing contractor.

Other conditions that can be triggered by severe weather conditions are mold, Radon, increase of bugs and pests, blocked drains, shifting soil, weakened structural and retaining walls, and much more.

What can you do or what can a homeowner do when faced with flooding from rain, or other high water event, or severe weather creating widespread damage in your area?

Below is a list of suggested practices to help you stay safe on your property when extreme weather events occur.

For Flood Safety:

 Don’t step into floodwater. Before going into a flooded basement or lower level, seek a first responder fire department or local utility company representative to disconnect the electric and or gas service to your property.

If floodwater remains, seeking the assistance of a professional first, however to drain the area using a gas powered water pump located outside your home or an electric pump connected outside your home.

Be sure to use your nose. If you smell natural gas, leave the property immediately and do not operate anything electrical or gas. Avoid any electric spark or open flame, as a build of gas fumes can be very explosive and deadly when in contact with an ignition source.

If flooding occurs in your area, move to higher ground, and be sure to listen regularly to the source of your choice for accurate weather information.

 Avoid areas where water can be seen as fast moving or in the case of roadways that are covered with water, do not drive through the flooded areas. The roadway could be washed out.

Power Line Safety:

  • Never touch or get near overhead power lines.
  • Avoid setting a metal ladder anywhere close to an overhead power line, as they have been known to “arc” several feet to something metal.

If Power Lines are Down:

  • Call your local electrical provider or 911 to alert officials to the down power line.
  • Don’t touch or get close to a down power line, if you see someone who is touching a down power line, do not touch that person, seek help.
  • If you come upon a car that has hit a power pole, stay away the pole could still be supporting live power lines.
  • If you happen to be in a car with power lines on your car, stay there till help arrives.

 

Basement Health Association Contractors are prepared to assist with these and other below grade issues in your home.

 

“Wisconsin Public Service”

 

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