Electrical Safety: What to Do During and After a Storm

Natural disasters and severe storms can happen from time to time here in Singapore, and it can cause a variety of electrical problems inside and outside our homes. Lightning, struck power lines and floods are just some of the many serious safety hazards caused by a storm. Unfortunately, some of the electrical problems remain even after the storm has passed.

To keep your home and environment protected from any storm-related electrical hazards, here are some important electrical safety tips to keep in mind.

Beware of Fire

Lightning can cause fire because it generates incredibly large amount of heat in one strike. Electricians even say that it can start a fire that may not be visible in your house, such as inside of a wall, therefore it would be best to call a fire department in the event that a lightning hits your home. It is safer to have the professionals assess your house to ensure that there is no fire anywhere in your premises.

Prevent Power Surges

When the electricity goes out and then comes back again immediately, your home can experience power surges, which can be damaging to your electrical appliances. In the middle of the storm, any lightning strike can cause a surge. In just a microscopic amount of time, your appliances can be ruined and may potentially start a fire.

In order to avoid this from happening, minimize usage of appliances during a storm or ask your electrician about installation of surge protectors to help minimize chances of damaging your appliances due to power surges. However, a good electrician will still likely recommend unplugging as many appliances as possible, prioritizing the most expensive ones, like the TV, computer and AC.

Inspect the Fuse Box

After the storm, it can be frustrating when you plug in an appliance and have your home’s entire power source shut off. If this happens, this is usually a sign that an appliance needs to be replaced or your fuse box requires to be checked and repaired by an electrician services professional. If there is presence of appliance or wiring damage due to the storm, it can trip the safety switch of the fuse box.

If after you have tried flicking the switch over again the problem still persists, call out electrician services professionals to fix the damaged electrical works. The electrician will do a thorough checking of the fuse box and wirings, and replace anything that is damaged.

Check for Down Power Lines Outside

This is the most common electrical problem after a storm. If there are any down or broken power lines nearby, do not go near them. Even the most experienced electrician cannot identify whether a power line is live or not using only his naked eye. The best you can do is to call an emergency electrician services or your local power source company.

If the power pole has wirings that connects to your home, the licensed electrician will carry out tests on your switchboard and wirings before repairing the affected power line.

Call the Professionals

People who have tackled home electrical works by themselves should think twice before approaching electrical damages caused by a storm. Instead of DIY-ing the repair, contact a reliable lineman in Singapore for professional electrician services. That is because dealing with power failure without the right tools and experience can result into detrimental accidents like a fire or even fatal electrocution.

Additionally, if you insured appliances, items of are under a homeowner insurance, trying to fix a damaged item can compromise the policy. Trying to fix things on your own may result more serious damage on your property, causing the insurance company to decline paying for damaged items and forcing you to replace expensive damaged appliances with your own money.

Leaving the job to the licensed professionals—those who are accredited with your insurance company—will guarantee that they will get the job done and validate any need to charge the replacement of damaged items to your insurance company.

More electrical safety tips to keep in mind during a storm:

• Avoid using the telephone during the storm. Though you can use corded phones during a storm, we recommend only using them as last option. If you really need to make calls, use your cellular phone or any cordless phone.

• If driving during a storm, do not get out of the car. Do not leave your car during a thunderstorm. Park somewhere safe—away from trees and posts. Your vehicle is a safe place if it is enclosed with a metal top such as those with traditional cars, buses, minivans and trucks. While in your car, turn off the radio and if possible do not use your phone. Squat on your seat and avoid touching any metal parts with your body.

• Do not touch a downed power lines. Even if you use a non-metal or non-conductive object to move a downed power line, it can still conduct energy and electrocute you if it is wet.

The best electrical safety procedure you can do during and after a storm is to only entrust your home electrical repairs to a licensed electrician. Storms and other calamities can wreak havoc to your home’s electrical works, with downed line and power surges just some of the many dangers. Calling a professional will guarantee safe restoration of your home’s electricity and give you the peace of mind you deserve after a distressing catastrophe.