Press Release Summary:
With Hurricane Matthew approaching U.S. Southeast, disaster plan launched by NEMAÂ includes safety resources toÂ protect consumers against damaged electrical equipment. NEMA regional field representatives Bryan Holland (South) and Jack Lyon (Northeast) will distribute "Evaluating Water Damaged Electrical Equipment," whichÂ advises first responders on safe handling of electrical equipment exposed to water and helps identify items requiring complete replacement vs those that can be reconditioned.
Original Press Release:
Electrical Manufacturers Offer Safety Guidance to Communities Affected by Hurricane Matthew
NEMA cautions against water-damaged electrical equipment
ROSSLYN, Va.—As Hurricane Matthew approaches the Southeastern United States, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has launched its disaster relief plan with the release of its safety resources to help protect consumers against damaged electrical equipment.
With the storm on a northward track toward the United States, NEMA regional field representatives Bryan Holland (South) and Jack Lyon (Northeast) are available to provide safety guidance to local governors, city officials, emergency management personnel, building code officials, and electrical contractors in areas along the coast.
The trade association’s disaster preparedness activities include the widespread distribution of Evaluating Water Damaged Electrical Equipment, which is a free publication providing advice to first responders on the safe handling of electrical equipment that has been exposed to water. It also helps to identify items that will require complete replacement versus those that can be reconditioned by a trained professional.
To access all of NEMA’s natural disaster resources, visit the NEMA website. For weather-related safety tips, the Electrical Safety Foundation International provides additional resources.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association represents nearly 400 electrical, medical imaging, and radiation therapy manufacturers on the forefront of electrical safety, reliability, resilience, efficiency, and energy security. Our combined industries account for more than 400,000 American jobs and more than 7,000 facilities across the United States. Domestic production exceeds $117 billion per year.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association