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Guide on Action Required after Flooding
Electrical Appliances Require Care after Flooding


All electrical wiring, appliances and motors damaged by floodwater should be checked by an electrician or competent person before any attempt is made to re-use them. Motors damaged by moisture and dirt can be burned out by careless starting and damp wiring will short out.

No one should attempt to work on wiring, especially when it is wet, without turning off the main switch at the fuse board. If you have any question about your electrical system and want information or help, check with the local ESB office.

You can help, by following some of these points:

1. Wiring must be completely dried out.

2. If plaster is weak and must be replaced, take advantage of the resulting openings to circulate warm air between the framework and siding. This will speed up the drying of concealed wire.

3. Remove covers from switches, convenience outlets, light outlets and junction boxes that have been under water.

4. If the junction box is filled with mud, remove screws holding the receptacle or switch in the box. Pull receptacle, switch and wires in junction boxes out about two inches from the box. Clean out mud and dirt. Do not remove electrical connections. Leave the boxes open.

After these things have been done and the wiring has had a chance to dry, an electrician can check the system without delay.

For electric motors and generators, contact an electrician or electric repairperson. For radio and television sets, refrigerators, home freezers and electric water heaters that have been damaged, call a competent serviceperson. Amateur attempts at cleaning and drying radio or television sets can do more harm than good.

Electric irons, lamps and ranges probably can be cleaned at home. Remove the plate of your electric iron, and clean and dry the iron element and mechanism. Check the cord carefully, and clean and dry the plug. Give special care to the cord and plug of a damaged electric lamp. The switch also should be cleaned and dried. Clean and dry the wiring switches, controls, plug and cord of your electric range.
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