Tips on Flooded Basements



Storms bring a risk of basement flooding.  Because so many people have critical systems and other electronic devices in their basements, there is a higher risk of electrocution when entering a flooded basement to assess damage. The following safety tips are for consumers with flooded basements.



  • Never wade into a flooded basement unless all electricity has been disconnected (such as power that supplies sump pumps, freezers, etc.). Water may be in contact with electrical outlets, appliances or cords.

  • If you are experiencing a power outage, do not wade into a flooded basement. Power may be restored while you are in the flooded basement and the motors on appliances may be submerged.

  • Never attempt to turn off power at the breaker box if you must stand in water to do so.

  • Never operate electrical appliances or devices or touch electrical switches, outlets or cords if you are standing in water or are on a wet surface, of if you are wet.  

  • Be aware of any electrical equipment that could be energized and in contact with water.

Public safety is paramount during storms and it’s important to remember to take the following precautions:

  • Never approach a downed power line.

  • Check on elderly and other sensitive family members and neighbors to ensure their safety, and in the event of an extended outage, assist them in reaching an alternate location.



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