NEMA provides safety guidelines for safe handling of damaged electrical equipment in floods and wildfire

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Aug 29, 2016

ESFI 3.JPGAs fires rage across the state of California and devastating floods continue to affect thousands in Louisiana, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published new editions of its safety guides and has supplied hundreds of copies to emergency management officials, building code officials, and electrical professionals in Louisiana and California.


The NEMA guides, Evaluating Fire- and Heat-Damaged Electrical Equipment and Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment, provide important advice on the safe handling of electrical equipment that has been exposed to fire or water, respectively, and outline items that will require complete replacement or that can be reconditioned by a trained professional. The guides are free and available for download on NEMA's website.


In addition, ESFI (Electrical Safety Foundation International), which has been working with NEMA since last year on a standard operating procedure for natural disasters that affect the transmission and use of electricity, is warning consumers of the electrical dangers associated with severe storms and the resulting floods and power outages. The organization has created a great infographic that provides statistics on flood dangers, and it also include tips on electrical safety before, during and after a flood. Download the infographic today and share it with your friends and family.


Access all of NEMA's natural disaster resources by visiting the NEMA website. Consumers can find weather-related safety tips as well, on ESFI's website. Additional information about electrical safety at home can be found in NFPA's public education section of the website.