|Electrical Accident Survivor Urges Caution around Power Lines|
For Release: August 30, 2012
Contact: Kyla Kruse, 217-546-6815
Be Aware of Electrical Dangers in the Wake of a Hurricane
Safe Electricity Offers Safety Tips
(SPRINGFIELD, IL)—Isaac—as both hurricane and tropical storm—has already caused massive flooding in the Louisiana and Mississippi. The storm is projected to cause more flooding as its heavy rains move further inland. In addition, already more than 800,000 are reported to be out of power in five states. With downed power lines and wide-spread flooding, it is important to be aware of the electrical hazards in the wake of this storm.
Safe Electricity reminds everyone to be alert to electrical equipment that could be energized and in contact with water. Cleaning up and using water-damaged appliances also carry safety risks.
“The prospect of an electrical accident is probably not top of mind when you’re dealing with a flooded basement, room or even outdoors,” said Molly Hall, executive director of the Safe Electricity program. “However, it’s the first thing you should think of before you step foot in the water.”
Safe Electricity offers these tips to help you and your family stay safe in flooding situations:
“Power lines can be dangerous for anyone, even professionals,” continues Hall. “It is important for everyone to understand the potential hazards that create a serious danger of electric shock.”
Other safety precautions after a storm include:
Make sure everyone knows what to do in the event of a disaster. To learn more about safety in the wake of storms, visit www.SafeElectricity.org.
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