Article was added on Saturday, October 03, 2015
forecasts predicting record rainfall over the next few days across
much of South Carolina, the state's electric cooperatives are
issuing a reminder about possible flooding and electrical equipment
that could be energized and in contact with water.
"Electricity and water never go together, and when you're
dealing with floodwater, you're in an especially risky situation,"
said Todd Carter, vice president of loss control and training at
The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. "Keep safety in mind
every step of the way."
Here are some flood safety measures to keep in mind:
- If you see a downed power line, stay away and call 911. If
you're driving and a power line falls across your vehicle, stay
inside until help arrives.
- If floodwaters are approaching your home, turn off electricity
at the main breaker or fuse box and unplug appliances.
- If water covers electrical outlets or plugged-in cords, stay
away. The same goes if you hear buzzing, snapping, crackling or
- Before entering a flood-damaged home or building, make sure the
power is off, and don't attempt to reset circuit breakers until all
water has receded.
If your home loses power, call your local electric cooperative
to report the outage, and make sure your utility has your current
phone number and an email address.
Additional safety and storm-related information is available at
The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. is the state
association of independent, member-owned electric cooperatives.
More than 1.3 million South Carolinians in all 46 counties use
power provided by electric cooperatives. Together, the co-ops
operate the state's largest electric power system, with more than
70,000 miles of power lines across 70 percent of the state. More
information is available at www.ecsc.org.
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