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Hurricane Florence: Safety Tips for South Carolinians

Date: September 12, 2018

Safety tips

With the most powerful hurricane of the season set to hit us very soon, we urge you to listen to local authorities and evacuate if you have been told to do so. We are all facing multiple threats — from high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges and both coastal and inland flooding.

If you haven’t already done so, please do this

  • Charge all communications equipment – cellphones, laptops, tablets, etc.
  • Stock up on bags of ice to preserve perishable food.
  • Withdraw cash and gas up your car; power outages could leave you unable to access these essentials.
  • Secure lawn furniture and other objects in your yard.
  • Clear storm drains of any debris that could clog and back up rain water.
  • If you have a generator, review manufacturer’s instructions on how to use it safely.

After the storm has passed and it is safe to return home, please keep these tips in mind

  1. Carefully check your property for downed power lines or damage to your outdoor oil tank.
  2. If you smell gas upon returning, immediately extinguish all smoking materials and open flames. Exit the building immediately. Do not operate electrical switches, appliances, telephones, or cell phones because these can cause a spark that could cause an explosion. After you have exited the building and are far enough way, contact the fire department to report the situation.
  3. If any of your equipment (furnace, water heater, etc.) has been flooded, do not operate them until you have the equipment inspected by a qualified technician.
  4. Never operate generators or any other outdoor equipment indoors. This avoids the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  5. Never turn on a light switch, use any power source, or inspect your household appliances while standing in water! This avoids the risk of electrocution.

For more hurricane-related safety tips, please go here.