We want to help keep you and your property safe. Here are some important tips on avoiding dangerous issues involving energy.
How to play it safe with electricity:
- Floods cause significant damage to homes and property. Once floodwaters recede, don’t flip a switch or plug in an appliance before a licensed electrician checks the wiring and appliances to make sure they are safe.
- Never use water-damaged electrical appliances. Have them reconditioned by a qualified service repairman.
- Be careful when your basement or garage is flooded; submerged outlets or electrical cords may be energizing the water.
- Use GFCIs to prevent electrocutions and electrical shock injuries.
- Never allow power cord connections to become wet.
- Do not remove or bypass the ground pin on a three-prong plug.
How to be careful with natural gas:
- If you’ve experienced a flood, don’t turn on a natural gas appliance before a qualified service repairman has inspected it.
- Never use candles or open flames as a light source.
- If natural gas house lines or appliances have been under water, have them dried out and reconditioned before use.
- If you smell natural gas, do not turn on or off lights or use any electrical appliances or telephone––leave the building immediately and report it to CPS Energy at (210) 353-4357.