Colorado is prone to severe weather. Tornadoes, hail, high winds, and flooding can all put life, home and property in danger. We tend to breathe a sigh of relief after a storm moves on. However, just because the storm passed does not mean that the danger has. There could be many hazards left behind.
We want you to know how to continue to stay safe after the storm passes:
1. Do not touch a downed line or something it has fallen over, like a fence or a tree limb. It could get you injured or killed. A downed power line does not have to be arcing or smoking to be deadly. Stay away and instruct others to do the same. If you come across downed power lines, call 911 and your utility immediately.
2. Make sure electricity and gas are turned off before entering storm-damaged buildings.
3. When inspecting your home in the dark, use a flashlight rather than a candle or another open flame to avoid the risk of fire or explosion.
4. Never enter a flooded basement if electrical outlets are under water. Do not turn power off if you must stand in water to do so. Call your electric co-op and have them turn off power at the meter.
5. If you see frayed wiring or sparks or smell something burning, shut off the electrical system at the main circuit breaker if you know how and can do so safely.
6. If you smell gas, or suspect a leak, get out of the house and call 911.
7. Do not travel on roads after a storm unless you have to. If you are driving and come along a downed power line, stay away and warn others to stay away. Contact your local electric co-op. If your vehicle comes in contact with a downed power line, do not leave the car. Wait for utility and emergency professionals to make sure the power line is de-energized before exiting the car.
8. When it comes time to clean up after the storm, do not use water-damaged electronics before properly restoring them. Electric motors in appliances should be cleaned and reconditioned before use. Have your water-damaged items inspected and approved by a professional before using them.