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One Disaster is Enough - Safely restoring electrical power after disaster strike

When disaster strikes, once is enough. Floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters often result in the interruption of electrical service to factories, offices and homes. If electrical systems have been damaged, we know customers are anxious to get the power back on. While restoring power is a priority, doing it safely is a necessity. One disaster is enough.

Water can be an undesirable conductor of electricity, so whenever water comes in contact with electrical equipment, a potential hazard exists. In many cases the water that has been in contact with the equipment has been contaminated with substances that can negatively affect the equipment’s integrity. Remaining water, debris, rust, and chemical contaminants are just some of the sources of hazard. If electrical distribution or control equipment has been in contact with water or moisture, it must be replaced.

Residual debris or wet surfaces may result in a loss of dielectric spacing within the equipment, presenting a hazard upon re-energization. Some equipment may be reconditioned as determined by a professional.

We suggest that customers always seek professional advice before restoring electrical power and contact a qualified electrician, local electrical building code inspector, trained factory service personnel and the local electrical utility.