With the storms we have had recently, many areas such as Bolivar, Dover, Mineral City, Strasburg and North Canton have seen high winds ending in downed power lines, trees and damaging debris everywhere. This would be scary for anyone, let us give you some tips today so you’re prepared for this situation in the future!
Downed power lines (Electrical Safety Foundation International http://tinyurl.com/p5jaaay):
– Consider all wires energized and dangerous. Observe a minimum distance of 10 feet.
– If a broken power line should fall on your vehicle, stay inside the vehicle. Use your cell phone to call or honk for help. The vehicle can become energized.
– If you must get out of the vehicle because of fire or other life-threatening hazards, jump clear of the vehicle so that you do not touch any part of it and the ground at the same time. Jump as far as possible away from the vehicle with both feet landing on the ground at the same time. Clear the vehicle, shuffle away, with both feet on the ground, or hop away, with both feet landing on the ground at the same time. Do not run, running may cause your legs to “bridge” current from a higher ring to a lower voltage ring. This could result in a shock.
– If someone makes contact with a downed power line, don’t try to rescue them because you risk becoming a victim yourself. Call 911 for help.
– First and foremost, if the tree is on your house, get out! Make sure everyone is okay and if you still feel unsafe, leave the property entirely
– Call the authorities; if life-threatening 911
– Take pictures of any trees, damage and anything that might change before the insurance adjuster can come out.
– Do not attempt to remove a tree limb or other object from a power line
– Call contractor (ORS of course!) to asses damage
– Contact insurance company; remember that if a big storm came through recently the adjuster will be swamped with calls and appointments. We are pleased to have great relationships with many of the insurance agents in the area. They should be your first call and us after
– Contact contractor to begin the restoration process
Important notes: *It doesn’t matter where the tree came from, if it fell on your house call your insurance company
*Wind also can lift, loosen and blow shingles off. We can assess damage to determine if enough damage was done to file claim.