Boston, MA /PRNewswire/ - Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, is urging residents in North and South Carolina to heed electrical safety precautions to avoid electrocution hazards in the wake of catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Florence that caused widespread power outages.
"Our thoughts are with the people of North and South Carolina following this devastating storm," said Chad Kennedy, Director, Industry Standards, North America Operations, Schneider Electric. "As recovery begins, it's extremely important to understand the potential hazards posed by the mix of downed or damaged electrical wires and floodwater. If your neighborhood, building or home is flooded, avoid the area completely until you are positive power has been cut. Failure to do so could be a matter of life and death."
As home and business owners begin to assess the damage and begin the recovery process, they must take necessary precautions, including avoiding flooded areas completely and carefully inspecting their homes and buildings to check whether flooding has taken place before using any electrical system. Typical signs of flooding include standing water, floor and wall stains that indicate flooding, and appliances or electrical equipment that appear to have been exposed to water.
The following precautions are recommended to ensure personal safety, avoid costly damage to physical equipment and minimize the financial losses as residents return:
For large business owners, Schneider Electric recommends these additional steps:
Wet Electrical Equipment
Reusing Damaged Electrical Equipment
Attempting to reuse damaged electrical equipment by air drying, rinsing, cleaning, washing down, or pressure washing creates a significant safety hazard. Here's why:
In all cases, if there is any doubt about the damage that has been done to a structure and its electrical systems by flooding, contact a local, licensed electrical contractor to evaluate its safety and protect life and property.
For additional information on electrical safety for homes and businesses following Hurricane Florence, please visit Schneider Electric's hurricane landing page.
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Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.
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