Is Your Florida Home Ready to Weather the Storm?

Posted on: February 16, 2016

Of the top five U.S. cities most likely to encounter major storm activity such as a hurricane, two of them are in the state of Florida. Residents of the Sunshine State also endure their fair share of thunderstorms, tornadoes, and tropical storms, all of which can cause a great deal of damage to a home’s electrical system. The key to weathering any storm is being prepared, so neither you, nor your home, is left powerless.

Plan Ahead for Storm

During a power outage, you may be left without a number of resources, including electricity, water, or heat. Plan ahead to ride out the storm safely and comfortably, using these tips:

  • Prepare a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit, to sustain your entire family, including pets, for a minimum of three days. Place it in a location that is easy to access, such as a front, or hall closet, and ensure all family members know where to find it.
  • Plug electronic equipment such as TV’s, computers, or recording devices, into a surge protector.
  • Write out a list of important phone numbers including fire, ambulance, police, power company, a reliable 24-hour emergency electrician, and place it inside your emergency kit, in addition to programming numbers in to your cell phone.
  • Keep trees on and around your property trimmed to reduce the risk to you and your neighbors. Hire a professional to maintain those that are close to power lines.

Your Power Is Out, Now What?

After reporting the outage to your local service provider, unplug any small appliances that are still plugged in, and turn off all but one light switch, to alert you when power is restored. Other steps you can take include:

  • Check to see if neighbors have power, and if so, inspect the breaker panel. If that’s not the issue, take a look around the meter for any signs of damage, before calling an electrician for emergency service.
  • Avoid downed power lines; remain indoors until emergency crews arrive.
  • Use caution when using portable appliances such as a camp stove, barbecue, or kerosene heater, only operating outdoors in a well ventilated area.
  • Preserve the food in your refrigerator and freezer longer, by leaving doors closed until power has been restored.

Signs & Causes of Electrical Damage

Electrical damage from storm activity isn’t always immediately visible, and can occur during any of the following:

  • Lightning – In addition to causing significant damage to your electrical system, and anything connected to it, lighting strikes place your home, trees, and outdoor electrical components at risk of fire.
  • Wind – Heavy winds can cause power lines to touch and short circuit, or trees, or their limbs, to fall on to lines.
  • Heavy Rains – Flooding from rainfall can damage electrical equipment both above, and below ground.

Call for emergency service if you experience any of the following before, during or after a storm:

  • A burning odor
  • Sparks
  • Tripped circuit breaker
  • Flickering lights
  • Electric shock when touching an appliance
  • Non-functional outlets or switches

Tampa & St. Petersburg’s 24-Hour Emergency Electrician

When you’re in need of emergency electrical service, you need it now. We’ll dispatch one of our licensed electricians to your home or business day or night and fix the problem as quickly as possible. No one should have to suffer from the inconvenience of electrical problems, which is why you can count on the reliable team at Hoffman Electrical.

Contact Hoffman Electrical, Tampa, Clearwater, & St. Petersburg, Florida’s most trusted emergency electricians! We are ready to assist you 24 hours a day!