NEMA offers water-damaged electrical equipment brochure to flood damaged areas

By Plant Engineering Staff July 5, 2006

In response to electrical hazards posed in the aftermath of flash flooding in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states, NEMA, as a public service, offers complimentary copies of its brochure, “Guidelines for Handling Water Damaged Electrical Equipment,” to electrical distributors, contractors and inspectors in the flood damaged regions.

The brochure is designed for use by suppliers, installers, inspectors and users of electrical products and includes advice on the safe handling of electrical equipment that has been exposed to water. It also 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 signaling, protection, communication systems, industrial controls and cable trays.

The brochure has been incorporated into the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s manual, “Principles and Practices for the Design and Construction of Flood Resistant Building Utility Systems,” which is intended for developers, architects, engineers, builders, code officials and homeowners.

The NEMA brochure may be downloaded free of charge, click here .