Electrical Safety Before, During and After Storms

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- It's National Electrical Safety Month and there are some precautions you need to take as we approach hurricane season.

Before a storm turn off circuit breakers to avoid power surges and charge cell phones.

During the storm do not plug in a generator inside your home or garage, because you are at risk of being electrocuted.

After a storm, have a licensed electrician inspect any water-damaged areas and if you see linemen at work, let them do their job.

"After the storm one of the first things you want to do is to contact the utility company and let them know you're out of power. When the line crews are out there doing their work then try to stay away from them, they're trying to concentrate on their safety and getting power restored,” said Michael Poucher Director of Ocala Electric Utility.

Other safety tips from the city of Ocala include, before the storm, move computers and other electronic devices away from the floor to countertops to avoid water damage if your home is flooded.

Officials also recommend turning off circuit breakers to avoid power surges and if you are evacuating, shut off the main power supply to your home to avoid fires caused by rising waters.

During the storm officials advise to stay indoors and away from windows and glass. Install battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms in your residence so you can detect any dangerous amounts of emissions while running a generator.

Poucher also recommends that after a storm, have a licensed electrician inspect any water-damaged electrical equipment and electronics.

But most importantly, he says to report and stay away from downed power lines and always assume they are energized.