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Chances are you’ve experienced quite a few storms over the years if you live in Myrtle Beach, SC. But you want to make sure that the next time one comes through you’ve done everything you can to get prepared and do what it takes to keep your family as safe as possible. So, just what should you be doing and how can you make sure your electrical services are on the list of preparations? We’re going to take a closer look.
Batten Down the Hatches
First up, when you know there’s going to be rough weather it’s a good time to close up your house as much as possible. Cover your windows if there’s going to be a hurricane but even with a regular storm you want to make sure the windows are closed and latched. You’ll also want to close any shutters if you have them to make sure branches and other debris can’t hit the window or even go through it. This will help protect your family and the inside of your house.
Also, make sure you’re taking a closer look at any trees, bushes or outdoor items to make sure they’re secure. If you have branches that are broken or loose items that could easily become flying objects it’s a good idea to take care of them right away so you don’t have to worry about them when the storm comes through. You’ll also want to take a closer look at Any windows that are broken or don’t latch properly and the same with any of your doors. You want everything to be as secure as possible in case of wind and water coming through.
Checking for a good seal around doors and windows is also a good idea. If your windows leak even in light rain then chances are they’re going to leak a whole lot more when you find yourself with a big storm. You’ll want to do what you can to seal those windows with professional materials and at least seal them with plastic wrap to keep out whatever you can. Remember, there’s no substitute for the real thing when it comes to getting your windows and doors taken care of, but if you’re in a rush you will want to do what you can.
Check Your Electrical Services
You’ll want to unplug as many of your electronics as possible before a storm to make sure you’re not risking a big surge that could fry your systems or a blowout that could do the same. You want to make sure that you have your larger items unplugged and anything you absolutely want to keep plugged in needs to have a surge protector. These devices are inexpensive to buy but they could prove invaluable if you find yourself with a power outage because they protect the device from getting that zap of power that could blow it out.
Getting professional electrical services could also help because you can get surge protectors and other protections built directly into your home. These electrical services will require a professional, but you’ll definitely be glad that you called them because your home is going to be better protected. After all, these services aren’t just about protecting your electronics. They’re also about protecting your family. A strong bolt of lightning that fries your electronics could also cause a fire in your home, and an electrical fire is extremely dangerous. You’ll want to do everything you can to avoid the risk.
Protect Your Family
It’s not just about electrical services and closing up your home. You’ll also want to make sure that your family is protected. And that’s going to mean getting everyone into a room of the house where they will be safest. In the event of a hurricane the best thing to do is generally to evacuate. But if you can’t evacuate or you’re facing a rough storm but not one that you need to evacuate for, you want to make sure your family is hunkered down somewhere that they are going to be safest.
Interior rooms on the first floor or basement if you have one are the best option. This will keep you away from windows that could break and also away from exterior walls. It’s best to avoid using or being too close to any type of electronics, especially those that are still plugged in, as voltage can easily come through those items and could shock you or other family members. Using flashlights and battery powered lamps is better than using candles or lanterns or even fireplaces as you want to keep your entire family as comfortable but safe as possible.
When a storm is coming you might not think about electrical services but you absolutely should. After all, you want to make sure that your family is going to be well protected and that you will be able to return to using those services when you’re done. You want to make sure that you are working with an electrical services provider to know what you should and shouldn’t be doing when a big storm is coming, and how you can make sure that your entire home is well protected, including all of the people and items in it.
With Mister Sparky of Myrtle Beach you’re going to have all the electrical services that you need. That means installing surge protection throughout your house and even installing generators that can make sure you never lose power, no matter what’s going on outside. The key is working with a company that you can trust to get the job done fast and get it done right. With us, you’re not going to have any problem with that. All you need to do is give us a call and we can schedule a time to come out to your Myrtle Beach, SC home in no time. The right electrical services can save you time, effort and money and that’s going to be a win-win for everyone.