Floods

 

Water and electricity don’t mix. Water is a conductor of electricity. Touching water that is in contact with electricity can result in electric shock or electrocution.
 
  • Take care when stepping into a flooded area. Be aware that submerged outlets or electrical cords may energize the water, posing a potentially lethal trap.
  • Do not use electrical appliances that have been wet. Electrical equipment exposed to water can be extremely dangerous if reenergized without proper reconditioning or replacement. 
  • A qualified service repair dealer should examine all electrical equipment that has been wet. Certain equipment will require replacement, while a trained professional may be able to recondition other devices.
  • Make sure to follow the guidelines developed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in order to ensure your safety and the proper functioning of electrical equipment. www.nema.org/prod/be/enclosures/upload/guidelines_handling_water_damaged_elect_equip.pdf
  • Ocean water and salt spray can be particularly damaging to electrical equipment due to the corrosive and conductive nature of the salt water residue.
  • Damage to electrical equipment can also result from exposure to flood waters contaminated with chemicals, sewage, oil and other debris.