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Hurricane Preparedness for Electrical Safety

According to AccuWeather forecasts the 2024 hurricane season in Florida is expected to be more active than average, with 20 to 24 named storms predicted, including eight to twelve hurricanes, and four to seven of those reaching major hurricane strength.

As many of us have previously experienced, hurricanes are powerful natural phenomena that can wreak havoc on homes and communities, causing extensive damage and posing significant safety risks. When preparing for a hurricane, it is crucial to prioritize electrical safety to protect your property and loved ones. In this blog post, we will discuss essential steps to safeguard your home's electrical system before, during, and after a hurricane.

Conduct a Pre-Hurricane Electrical Inspection

Before hurricane season begins, schedule a comprehensive inspection of your home's electrical system by a qualified electrician. They will ensure that all wiring, circuits, and electrical components are in good condition and up to code. They can also secure outdoor electrical equipment, such as generators and air conditioning units, to prevent damage from strong winds.

Create an Emergency Kit

Assemble an emergency kit containing essential items like flashlights, batteries, a battery-powered radio, and a first aid kit. Include a list of emergency contacts, including your utility provider and electrician, in case of power outages or electrical emergencies.

Install Surge Protection Devices

Install surge protectors on all sensitive electronic devices and appliances to safeguard them against power surges caused by lightning strikes or electrical disturbances during a hurricane. Consider installing whole-house surge protection to protect your entire electrical system from damage.

Secure Outdoor Electrical Equipment

Turn off and unplug outdoor electrical equipment, such as pool pumps, landscape lighting, and outdoor kitchens, before the hurricane hits. Then, securely anchor outdoor electrical devices and cover them with waterproof materials to prevent water damage.

Shut Off Power if Necessary

If authorities advise evacuation or if flooding is imminent, shut off the main power supply to your home to prevent electrical hazards. Never attempt to turn off power if water is present, as this poses a severe risk of electric shock.

Post-Hurricane Safety Measures

After the hurricane has passed, visually inspect your home's electrical system for any signs of damage, such as exposed wires, water infiltration, or fallen power lines. Avoid entering flooded areas until authorities have declared them safe, as submerged electrical outlets or wires can pose a significant risk of electrocution. If you suspect any damage to your home's electrical system, contact a licensed electrician to assess and repair the issue promptly.

Ensuring electrical safety is paramount when preparing for and recovering from a hurricane. By following these proactive measures, you can minimize the risk of electrical hazards and protect your home, belongings, and family members during and after a severe storm. When you learn of an impending dangerous storm be sure to stay  informed, be prepared, and keep safe.

You can schedule your electrical inspection today to ensure you and your home are hurricane prepared at The Go-To Home Service Experts online at or by calling Emerald Home Services at tel:772-213-1595.

Hurricane Preparedness for Electrical Safety

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