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Preparing Your Home for a Storm or Tornado: Tips from Epic Electric

Living in Northwest Arkansas means being prepared for the occasional severe storm or tornado. At Epic Electric, we understand the importance of safeguarding your home and family from these natural events. Here are some essential tips to help you prepare before a storm hits and ensure safety after it passes.

Before the Storm

Create an Emergency Kit: Assemble a kit with essentials like bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlights, extra batteries, a first aid kit, necessary medications, and important documents. Having these items ready can make a significant difference in an emergency.

Install Surge Protectors: Protect your home’s electrical appliances from power surges caused by lightning strikes. Surge protectors can prevent costly damage to your electronics and appliances.

Secure Outdoor Items: Bring in or secure loose items such as patio furniture, grills, and tools that could become dangerous projectiles in high winds.

Trim Trees and Shrubs: Regularly trim trees and shrubs around your home to reduce the risk of branches breaking off and causing damage during high winds.

Review and Update Your Insurance: Ensure your homeowner's insurance policy is up to date and covers storm-related damage. Take an inventory of your home's contents and consider additional coverage if necessary.

Backup Your Power Supply: Consider investing in a home generator to keep essential appliances running in the event of a power outage. Make sure it's installed by a professional to ensure safety and compliance with local codes.

Develop a Family Plan: Establish a safe room in your home, preferably in a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor without windows. Make sure everyone in your family knows the plan and practices it regularly.

Check Electrical Systems: Ensure your electrical system is in good condition. Faulty wiring or overloaded circuits can pose a significant risk during a storm. Have a professional electrician inspect your system if you have any concerns.

After the Storm

Stay Informed: Listen to local news and weather updates for information on when it’s safe to leave your shelter. Follow instructions from local authorities regarding evacuations and safety.Avoid Downed Power Lines: Stay clear of downed power lines and report them immediately to your local utility company. Treat all downed lines as if they are live and dangerous.Inspect Your Home: Carefully inspect your home for damage. Look for issues such as broken windows, roof damage, and water leaks. Document any damage with photos for insurance purposes.

Check for Electrical Hazards: If you notice any sparks, frayed wires, or the smell of burning, turn off the main power if it is safe to do so and contact a professional electrician. Never attempt to repair electrical damage yourself.

Use Generators Safely: If you are using a generator, ensure it is placed outside in a well-ventilated area to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Never run a generator inside your home or garage.

Contact Your Insurance Provider: Report any damage to your insurance provider as soon as possible. Provide them with detailed information and photos of the damage to facilitate the claims process.

Hire Licensed Professionals: When making repairs, hire licensed and insured professionals. This ensures the work is done correctly and meets safety standards. Avoid unqualified contractors who may offer quick fixes at the expense of quality and safety.

Prioritize Safety: Your safety and that of your family is the most important consideration. Do not enter your home if it is unsafe to do so. Wait for professional assessment and clearance before returning.

At Epic Electric, we are committed to helping you protect your home and family. By following these tips, you can be better prepared for severe weather and ensure a safer environment before and after a storm or tornado. For professional electrical inspections and installations, contact Epic Electric today. Stay safe, Northwest Arkansas!

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