A timely guide to handling water-damaged electrical equipment

In anticipation of Hurricane Irene’s impact on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is offering complimentary copies of Guidelines for Handling Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment to electrical distributors, contractors, inspectors, and residents in water-damaged regions. It may be downloaded at www.nema.org/stds/water-damaged.cfm.

The document is designed for use by suppliers, installers, inspectors and users of electrical products. 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 signaling, protection, communication systems, and industrial controls and cable trays.

While affected areas prepare for the storm, Progress Lighting wishes everyone a safe – and hopefully undamaged – weekend ahead.

For more information about NEMA visit: www.nema.org.

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