Connecticut homeowners should take heed there are certain precautions and safety measures to consider now that the hottest months of the year are upon us. If you have a claim or concern, this is the time to speak to representatives at insurance companies in CT where your policy is being serviced. The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) has issued a fire safety advisory to be passed on to the general public. In addition, these summer heat waves along with any sudden storms can likely cause frequent power outages, so follow this advice that can help towards preparing for the possibility of potential outages.
Indoor and outdoor safety tips
- Use great caution with lit candles: keep them away from upholstered furniture, drapes and any other combustible items and never leave lit candles unattended.
- Use flashlights instead of candles whenever possible.
- Be sure that extension cords are in good condition and are the proper gauge for the electrical current capacity.
- Unplug electric tools and disconnect spark plug wires on gasoline-powered tools before making adjustments or clearing jams near moving parts and be sure that power tools are turned off and made inoperable if they must be left unattended (thus helping to prevent use by children).
- Never fill gas tanks while machinery is operating or when equipment is still hot and store gas in an approved container away from the house making sure to never smoke or use any type of flame around gasoline and also wipe up any spills.
Restoring electrical power safely after a disaster
Before restoring electric power after a flood, hurricane or other disaster, make sure the power is off before working on any equipment. In addition, the following steps should be taken:
- Replace anything that has visible damage
- Electrical equipment that has been submerged must be replaced or reconditioned by trained factory service personnel
- Seek professional advice from a local building official, electrical utility or qualified electrician before restoring electrical power, and
- Select and apply electrical equipment in accordance with ratings, nameplates, wiring diagrams, instructions and warnings for that equipment
Practice safety in all aspects of life and rest assured that CT insurance companies are designed to help you in the event that a claim has to be filed for any damages that occur to your homes.