Prevent a power outage during rain and storm

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The hurricane season is in full swing. From June 1st through November 30th, there is a big chance that we will experience a tropical depression, storm or hurricane in the Caribbean. The combination of strong winds and heavy rainfall can cause power outages. How does that work and how can you prevent this from happening? We’ll happily explain in this article.

When the power goes out during a storm or rainfall, it’s often a sign that something’s amiss with the electricity installation. In many cases the outage points to the fact that parts that are located outside – such as power outlets, plugs, lamps or cable connections – are not water tight. As soon as moisture comes into contact with them, the ground fault of a distribution board will shut off, or the fuses of a traditional fuse box will blow.

Tackle the root of the problem

Although it is very annoying to be without power, it’s important not to just reset the switches. If you ignore the problem, there’s a chance the electrical wiring will overheat which could even lead to a fire. A wiser decision would be to look into the cause: see if you can figure out where moisture comes into contact with the wiring, so you can remedy the situation once and for all and prevent any worse damage.

Carry out a preventive check

If you often have problems with electricity during rainfall, then it would be a good idea to have an expert look into your electricity installation. They can assess the situation and possibly advise to have the installation adjusted, so that it once again adheres to the latest safety requirements. Electricity meters and main fuses are nowadays placed outside the house in a concrete construction. This is more robust and provides better protection against wind and weather.

Residual current device

Moreover, the current safety standards upheld by energy companies require new house installations to include a distribution board with a residual current device. The residual current device has a safety mechanism that automatically shuts down the defected power group. It could mean that you are left without power for a little while during heavy rainfall or a storm, but you’ll prevent worse and more permanent damage. So do you still have a fuse box? Consider switching to a safer distribution board.

Manual in case of a storm or hurricane

ould you like to know what else you could do to prepare for a tropical storm or hurricane? Download ENNIA’s ‘Storm and Hurricane Handbook’. It won’t only advise you to shut off the main switch of your electricity installation when a hurricane is approaching, but you’ll also find an emergency aid checklist, tips for adjustments to make inside your house and more information about shelters.