In the aftermath of the recent snowstorm and consequent flooding in Buffalo, New York, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) offers homeowners and businesses guidelines and training to deal with the recovery of water-damaged electrical equipment. NEMA’s guidebook, Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment, gives property owners specific recommendations on evaluating equipment that has been exposed to water through flooding or other weather events.
Electrical safety is critical in this time of recovery and the effects of water can cause electrical life safety devices and systems to fail, exposing people and property to electrical hazards. These include damage to smoke or carbon monoxide detectors through leaking roofs, and other devices such as ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) or arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs).
The use of portable generators during power outages can create many hazards and NEMA can help the public identify these hazards (i.e., carbon monoxide, proper electrical isolation with correct transfer devices). Using NEMA’s Storm Reconstruction: Rebuild Smart guide helps identify hazards and provides personal and property protection.
Please contact a regional NEMA Field Representative for the training and the assistance needed during the recovery process of any natural disaster.