After The Storm - Safety is # 1
Nothing is normal after a storm.
Be aware of your surroundings by looking up, down, around, and out when moving around storm damage.
You should be aware of the many safety hazards that occur following a destructive storm or natural disaster. We've compiled a few things related to electricity that you should be aware of:
- Downed Lines
- All lines and equipment are considered energized and dangerous until a qualified person from MTE can verify. NEVER get within 10’ of any downed power line. Stay back at least 35’ if at all possible to avoid the risk of being shocked or injured by step potential.
- Please do not use a generator for back up unless it has been properly installed by a qualified-licensed electrician. An improper generator installation creates a very dangerous situation for the general public & our lineman. If generators are NOT installed properly it can back feed up to 14,400 volts back on to lines & equipment that might be laying on the ground or on top of someone’s car, house, fence, etc. Even worse, someone could be cleaning up from the storm & step on a line that you thing is de-energized. Never connect a portable generator directly to the house wiring/panel/plug etc.
- Broken Equipment
- If you observe anything arcing or sparking stay away & report this information to MTE. If you see something, say something. Let us know so that we can send a qualified person to assess your concern.
- Medical Conditions
- It is important for all members to have an emergency outage plan, especially those who must have electricity due to medical necessity. This is particularly important in the case of an extended outage and should include arrangements to move to an alternate location.
Keep all children under strict supervision at all times to prevent them from accidentally coming in contact with electricity.
Don't forget — If you use another form of energy like gas or solar panels, please contact your local provider or certified professional so they can shut it off to make it safe for restoration efforts.
Storms and the resulting damage can be a very stressful time for you and any of our members. We're here to help. Give us a call at 877-777-9020 or send us a message to find out how we can help your situation.