Press Release Summary:
NEMA guides "Evaluating Fire- and Heat-Damaged Electrical Equipment" and "Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment" have been updated. Respectively, these documents provide adviceÂ regarding safe handling of electrical equipment that has been exposed to fire or water. Both outline items that requiring complete replacement or that can be reconditioned byÂ trained professionals. Hundreds of copies have been supplied to professionals in Louisiana and California after fires and floods.
Original Press Release:
Electrical Manufacturers Offer Expertise, Guidance to Disaster Relief
NEMA Publishes New Safety Guidance for Safe Handling of Damaged Electrical Equipment
ROSSLYN, Va.—As fires rage across the state of California and devastating floods continue to affect tens of thousands in Louisiana this week, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published a new edition of its safety resources and put its disaster relief plan into action. NEMA guides Evaluating Fire- and Heat-Damaged Electrical Equipment and Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment have been updated this month, with hundreds of copies supplied to emergency management officials, building code officials, and electrical professionals in both Louisiana and California. These documents provide advice on the safe handling of electrical equipment that has been exposed to fire or water, respectively, and outline items that will require complete replacement or that can be reconditioned by a trained professional.
NEMA’s southern region field representative, Bryan Holland, has spearheaded NEMA’s emergency response in Louisiana. He established contact with the Office of State Fire Marshal and the Uniform Construction Code Council. He is monitoring Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports and updates to forward critical information to contacts in lower Louisiana.
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.
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