Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else during a flood. Don’t drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.
Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. The number two flood killer after drowning is electrocution. Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to the Braintree Electric Light Department at 781-348-BELD (2353).
Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Don’t smoke or use candles, lanterns or open flames until you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated.
Watch where you step. Current can be deceptive; six inches of flowing water can knock you off your feet. If you walk through water, use a pool or stick to ensure that the ground is still there.