We have been spared severe weather for the first half of the hurricane season. But, it is still likely one or more major storms will visit Tampa Bay. With that in mind, the following safety items:
* If power goes out, unplug such major electrical appliances as refrigerators, freezers and washing machines to avoid both electrocution and the potential for a power surge when power is restored that can damage or destroy electrical motors.
* If flooding occurs, do not attempt to access submerged electrical appliances — merely stepping in water in which a plugged-in electrical appliance is fully or partially submerged can result in electrocution.
* If use of a portable generator becomes necessary, be certain to use it only outdoors, and well away from doors and windows.
* Have a licensed electrician inspect any flooded or otherwise storm-damaged appliances before attempting to use them.