Guidelines for Handling Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment from NEMA


Back in the day, I was a Cub Scout den leader. I recited the motto “Be Prepared” often and very proudly. I still use it a lot today, and so this story certainly hit home.

Just before Hurricane Irene hit the East coast of the U.S., the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) posted a complimentary document on their website to help contractors, distributors, inspectors and residents in water-damaged regions. The document “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.”

In looking through the free 8 page pdf document, I noted that it covers the following key topics:

  • Electrical Distribution Equipment
  • Motor Circuits
  • Power Equipment
  • Transformers
  • Wire, Cable & Flexible Cords
  • Wiring Devices, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) and Surge Protectors
  • Lighting Fixtures & Ballasts
  • Motors
  • Electronic Products including Signaling, Protection, Communication Systems and Industrial Controls
  • Cable Trays


Read the initial press release from NEMA, or download their complimentary guide now.

2 Responses to Guidelines for Handling Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment from NEMA

  1. Sarah A. said on
    September 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Important information for home as well as business. Thanks for posting the link.

  2. Stefanie Rembiszewski said on
    September 4, 2011 at 12:30 am

    I am glad you found this useful, Sarah.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *