In preparation for and recovery after the Northeast’s winter storm Juno, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) offers suggestions to prepare, respond, and recover from what the storm is forecasting to bring.
Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors should be cleaned and have their backup batteries tested. To ensure occupant safety if or when electric service is disrupted, testing the batteries with the device’s test button or battery tester is an essential life safety task prior to any storm.
If the need for a back-up generator should occur, create a safety checklist to eliminate the possible hazards from fumes and electrical hazards. Obstructions should be clear of the generator’s exhaust, clearances should be maintained from the dwelling, and the generator should never operate indoors, (this is another reason to have properly working CO detectors). For more safety features, check the owner’s manual to verify all the required safety actions recommended by the manufacturer.
A proper transfer device should be used to safely energize the electrical circuits needed for heat, lights, etc. Electrical hazards can be fatal to utility workers if not transferred properly. More information can be found at www.nema.org or www.esfi.org.
Rooftop snow can weaken and collapse exposing internal electrical systems to water and moisture. If this occurs, NEMA has developed an evaluation guidebook for professionals to use to determine the continued safety of compromised electrical systems. Download “Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment” at no charge at www.nema.org/water-damaged-equipment.
Contact Jack Lyons, NEMA Northeast Field Representative, if you need further information or assistance.