After the Storm
When the storm has passed and power has been restored, it's safe to plug in and turn on your appliances - but do them one-by-one, to avoid overloading a circuit.
When you venture outside, check the area for downed power lines. If you see one, notify the Utility Office immediately.
Don't allow anyone to touch or drive over a power line. Always assume a downed line is dangerous, even if it's not jumping or sparking.
Clearing broken tree branches also calls for extreme caution. Downed or damaged power lines can send electrical currents through tree branches and metal fences, so survey the area carefully - especially if you'll be using a pruning pole, ax or chainsaw.
If your home is flooded, never enter standing water unless you're absolutely sure the main power has been shut off.
After a damaging storm, your power might still be out even after the electric department restores service to your neighborhood. If that happens, it means the problem is with equipment that belongs to you.
By law, power companies can repair only the incoming service line and the meter itself.
Repairs to weatherheads, meter boxes and other hazardous equipment should be done only by a licensed electrician.