National Grid offers safety tips for flooded homes

(WKTV) - National Grid has released tips for residents who have flooding in their homes or businesses.

Those tips include:

• If you smell natural gas, contact National Grid as soon as possible.

• Stay out of flooded basements or standing water. Energized wiring, outlets and natural gas service below the water line may pose a hazard.

• To have electric service restored once flood waters have receded, contact an electrician to check your home or business to make sure that it is safe to have service energized. If your main fuse box or circuit breaker box has been under water, or if National Grid was directed to shut off your service due to safety-related concerns, you must have the box inspected by a certified electrical inspector before service can be restored.

• If your electric or gas appliances have been in contact with water, please contact a plumbing or heating contractor to make sure those appliances are safe to operate.

• Once flood waters have receded, if safety concerns prompted National Grid to shut off your natural gas, please contact your municipal plumbing inspector to ensure your service is safe to restore before contacting National Grid.

• If flooding caused a loss of natural gas service to your home or business and flood waters have receded, please contact National Grid and we will send a service technician to your location.

• If you use a generator to supply power during an outage, be sure to only operate it outdoors. Before operating generators, be sure to disconnect from National Grid’s system by shutting off the main breaker located in the electric service panel. Failure to do this could jeopardize the safety of crews working to restore power.

• If you have lost power, turn off any appliances that were on when the power went off, but leave one light on so you will know when power is restored.

• Power problems can sometimes interrupt public water supply systems or disable well pumps, so it’s an especially good idea to keep a supply of bottled drinking water handy, as well as some canned food.

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