Anticipating the hazards posed by water-damaged electrical equipment in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., has released “Guidelines for Handling Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment.” The no cost guide is intended for electrical equipment owners, distributors, contractors, inspectors and even residents in water-damaged regions.

It provides advice on the safe handling of electrical equipment that has been exposed to water and outlines which items will require complete replacement or can be reconditioned by a trained professional. Equipment covered includes electrical distribution equipment, motor circuits, power equipment, transformers, wire, cable and flexible cords, wiring devices, GFCIs and surge protectors, lighting fixtures and ballasts, motors, electronic products including industrial controls, signaling, protection and communication systems, and cable trays.

It can be downloaded at www.nema.org/stds/water-damaged.cfm. On NEMA's site, you will need to accept the organization's download terms and log in or create a free account to access the no-cost document.

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