NEMA provides safety guidelines for safe handling of damaged electrical equipment in floods caused by Hurricane Lane in Hawaii

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Hurricane Lane has made landfall along parts of Hawaii’s Big Island today triggering landslides and threatening serious flooding, according to CNN. About 7 to 12 inches of rain have already fallen since this morning and is considered one of the biggest threats to the island in decades. 
As Lane bears down on the Aloha State, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is alerting contractors in the area of their “Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment” document aimed specifically at contractors who will be called in to help with the damage assessment once the waters have receded. The guide is free and available to download on NEMA's website.
The document provides guidelines on how to handle electrical equipment that has been exposed to water. It’s designed for suppliers, installers, inspectors and users of electrical products, and outlines items that require complete replacement or those that can be reconditioned by a trained professional. Such equipment includes:
  • Electrical distribution equipment
  • Power equipment
  • Transformers
  • Wire, cable and flexible cords
  • Wiring devices
  • GFCIs and surge protectors
  • Lighting fixtures and ballasts,
  • Motors and electronic products
According to NEMA, field representatives are reaching out to local officials in Hawaii with guidance on restoring electrical systems affected by wind, rain or flooding. NEMA also recommends that inspectors, suppliers and others contact the original manufacturer of the equipment if there are questions and/or a need for specific recommendations. 
Industry professionals looking for additional information about electrical safety related to hurricanes and storms can visit NFPA’s webpage for emergency preparedness.  
Photo: CNN