Most of us don’t like to think that we could be affected by something like a house fire or a flood, but the numbers say otherwise. According to the Department of Homeland Security, floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S.

Electricity and water can be a dangerous combination.

Here are a few tips to keep yourself and your family safe when flood waters rise.

  • Never use electric appliances or touch electric wires, switches or fuses when you’re wet or standing in water.
  • Stay clear of electrical equipment in rooms with flooding.
  • If you have to stand in water to turn off power at the breaker box, don’t do it! Call us at 1-800-342-5775 and we’ll shut off power at the meter.
  • Keep electric tools and equipment at least 10 feet away from wet surfaces.
  • Don’t use electric yard tools if it’s raining or the ground is wet.

For more resources about flood safety visit ready.gov/floods or check out these tips from ESFI.