Safety recommendations

Risk level is HIGH


If a flood is forecasted

  1. Turn off basement furnaces and the outside gas valve.
  2. Take special precautions to safeguard electrical, natural gas or propane heating equipment.
  3. If there is enough time, consult your electricity or fuel supplier for instructions on how to proceed.
  4. >Shut off the electricity only if flooding has not yet begun and the area around the fuse box is completely dry. Stand to the side of the breaker panel and look away from the panel when switching the power off. Have a flashlight with you.

If flooding is imminent

  1. Move furniture, electrical appliances and other belongings to floors above ground level.
  2. Remove toxic substances such as pesticides and insecticides from the flood area to prevent pollution.
  3. Remove toilet bowls and plug basement sewer drains and toilet connections with a wooden stopper.
  4. Disconnect eavestroughs if they are connected to the house sewer.
  5. In some cases, homes may be protected with sandbags or polyethylene barriers. Follow instructions from local emergency officials.
  6. Do NOT attempt to shut off electricity if any water is present. Water and live electrical wires can be lethal. Leave your home immediately and do not return until authorities indicate it is safe to do so.

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