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How to Handle Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment

In the wake of Hurricane Irene, the East Coast will face many issues as it starts down the road to recovery. Here is one resource that manufacturers might find of use.

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Natural disasters are tragic. The loss of life is, above all, the most heartbreaking consequence of these events. Other lesser, but still substantial, consequences include loss of food, shelter and basic necessities. On Saturday, Hurricane Irene hit the United States and left a path of destruction in its wake. As the East Coast slowly starts its recovery effort, manufacturers will have to come up with a game plan to move forward.
 

One problem that these manufacturers will have to face is the hazards posed by water-damaged electrical equipment. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) wrote a set of guidelines for handling this equipment. The document is designed for use by suppliers, installers, inspectors and users of electrical products. According to NEMA, it provides advice on the safe handling of electrical equipment that has been exposed to water. It outlines which items will require complete replacement and which can be reconditioned by a trained professional.