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Electric Safety

Storm Information

Before a Hurricane

  • Unplug unnecessary electrical equipment, including computers, TVs, etc.
  • Wrap pool pumps and filters in waterproof materials after turning them off
  • Do not lower your TV antenna or satellite dish before looking up and assessing the location of power lines
  • Move or secure all loose items (grills, patio furniture, etc.) which can hit your home and cause unnecessary damage
  • If someone in your home is dependent upon electric-powered medical equipment, make arrangements to receive backup power or take steps to relocate the individual
  • Be sure to have plenty of the essentials at hand, including flashlights, batteries, non-perishable foods, water, any vital medications and a first aid kid (The National Hurricane Center recommends having enough to sustain your family for up to seven days)
  • Protect windows with boards or storm shutters, if able
  • Place sandbags around the perimeter of your home to decrease water damage in the event of flooding

During a Hurricane

  • Remain indoors and stay as far away from windows, skylights and glass doors as possible
  • Close all interior doors and designate a small safe room on the lowest level
  • Use flashlights instead of candles, and use mobile phones sparingly to conserve battery life
  • Use a communication device that runs on batteries to listen for weather/safety updates and any notices to evacuate

After a Hurricane

  • Do not operate electric appliances or controls you suspect have been flooded or damaged
  • Wait for authorities to announce that the danger has passed before going outdoors
  • Do not attempt to remove fallen trees or other debris from power lines. Also, stay away from power lines that are flooded or otherwise damaged
  • In the event of a power outage, call FPU at 800.427.7712 to report the outage and our trained technicians will assess any damage and safely turn your electricity back on
  • Keep away from any loose, dangling or downed power lines and report them immediately
  • Drive only when necessary, avoiding any flooded roads, fallen objects, weakened walls/bridges and other traffic hazards

Electric Hurricane Safety Information

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