Electronics and Appliances
After the Event
For safety, if you plan on using a portable generator for your appliance(s), be sure to turn off all connected appliances before starting your generator. Turn connected appliances on one at a time, never exceeding the generator's rated wattage.
Here are tips for getting water-soaked electronics and appliances back in good working order after a weather event, such as a hurricane:
Never open an electronic item to allow it to dry. Unplug the item and let it dry thoroughly for several days. After being assured that the item has had time to dry, plug it in. If the item does not work, immediately unplug it and take it to a repair shop.
If the electronic item appears to be working properly, leave the item on for approximately 10 minutes and then turn it off for 30 minutes. Repeat the process again. This will ensure that any moisture sensors are working properly.
If you have CDs or DVDs that have been covered with mud, soak them in a soap and water solution. Use a soft cloth to lightly remove the soil.
- When reinstalling a CB, TV or satelitte antenna, check in all directions to be sure no power lines are nearby. The same goes for climbing trees to clear debris.
Refrigerators and Freezers
- After power is restored, check refrigerated food for spoilage. Spoiled food is the cause of much sickness two days to a week after the storm.
To remove odors, wash the inside of the appliance with detergent and water. Don't forget to wash the gasket that seals the door. Rinse with clear water and dry.
If you still have odors after a thorough cleaning, rewash the appliance with a baking soda or vinegar solution. Use 1 teaspoon of baking soda per quart of water. Use a cup of vinegar per gallon of water.
Washer and Dryers
Updated April 2012