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After a storm, always be aware of your surroundings.
As families begin to clean up following a flood or a severe storm, it is important to remember that there may still be electrical hazards hidden throughout the home. Stop and look around before stepping into a flooded area and be aware that submerged outlet or electrical cords may energize the water, posing a potentially deadly trap

Generators while convenient, can be dangerous.
Although convenient, if connected or used improperly, portable generators have the potential to seriously injure or kill you, your neighbors or unsuspecting utility crews. A portable generator plugged directly into your home's wiring can cause backfeed and actually energize the utility wires outside your home. This can create a danger for utility crews and anyone else who may come into contact with downed or low hanging wires.

  • A generator should never be connected directly into your household wiring without the use of a transfer switch
  • Opening the main breaker to isolate your household wiring from the utility wiring does not provide enough of a guarantee of safety. The breaker may have been damaged and/or may not provide enough gap to safely isolate your home's wiring.
  • A UL listed extension cord should be used to plug into the light or appliance to run directly with the portable generator (reworded)
  • Make sure the extension cord is rated for the size of load it's serving
  • Ensure the generator is running in an open, well-ventilated location as they emit carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas that can silently kill occupants of a home
  • Always follow all the safety instructions that concern the operation of your portable generator
  • Holland BPW does not recommend or endorse any particular generator manufacturer or model.

Watch for downed power lines.

  • Always assume fallen power lines are energized and stay at least 10 feet away from a downed power line and any nearby objects it may be touching
  • If a downed power line lands on your vehicle or house, stay inside as leaving the house or vehicle will put you in danger of direct contact with the power line.
  • Never attempt to move a downed power line
  • Never touch a person or object that is in direct or indirect contact with a downed power line; instead call 911 immediately

Always remember to call HBPW at 616.355.1500 to report a downed power line outside your home.