We Are the National Electrical Contractors Association

The Voice of the Electrical Construction Industry. Learn More
Welcome back,

News

NECA is your best resource for industry news, legislative updates, and information you need to stay ahead of the game. You can find a listing of NECA's press releases, blogs, newsletters and apps on this page, too.  

Subscribe to NECA's Email Updates

News Inquiry or Request? 

Visit the Press Room

Share Your News With NECA

Contact for submission

Latest News Releases

After Irma: Electrical Safety Guidelines, Disaster Response from Electrical Contractors

by Adrianne Gracias | Sep 14, 2017
Here are 8 precautions that homeowners and building managers can take to facilitate power restoration efforts and keep their own property safe. All recommendations conform with the specifications of the National Electrical Code. Please note, these guidelines are non-inclusive; the additional resources listed at the end of the article include links to more detailed instructions:

1. All electrical wiring, appliances and motors damaged by floodwater should be checked by an electrician or electrical contractor before any attempt is made to start them. Motors damaged by moisture and dirt can be burned out by careless starting, and damaged or damp wiring will cause failures in circuits and systems.

2. No one should attempt to work on wiring, especially when it is wet, without turning off the main switch for the building. Stand on a dry board even though the switch is in the open position when working on the service entrance equipment. This protects the property from additional hazard while waiting for an electrical contractor.

3. Where immediate use of electric power is essential, dry temporary lines may be run for some equipment, such as pumps. Consult a qualified electrical contractor or inspector before connecting temporary equipment.

4. Wiring that has become wet or damaged during a disaster cannot be safely reused, even it appears to have completely dried or reusable. It must be replaced. Identify any wiring that was under water or dampened. If the water did not reach all levels of a building, wiring that was not wet may still be safely used.

5. Any electrical equipment, such as switches, receptacles (convenience outlets), light outlets and junction boxes, that has been under water must be replaced. They cannot be safely reused.

6. If a junction box is filled with mud, remove the screws holding the receptacle or switch in the box. Pull the receptacle, switch and wires in the junction boxes out about two inches from the box. Clean out the mud and dirt. Do not remove the electrical connections. Leave the boxes open until a qualified electrical contractor, electrician and/or inspector can examine it.

7. Remove fuses and the cover from the entrance panel. Clean out any mud. Wires can be moved, but do not disconnect them.

8. Large electrical appliances that have been under water should be examined by an electrician or an electric serviceperson. Amateur attempts at cleaning and drying appliances can frequently do more harm than good.

When in doubt about the safety of an electrical system, building owners and facility managers are strongly advised to contact their local building safety department to inspect water-damaged electrical equipment and wiring. Johnston also advised owners to contact their local NECA chapter to find a contractor familiar with the hazards of post-flood electrical construction and repair, or to go to NECAConnection.com, NECA’s online search engine for electrical contractors.

“Most electrical contractors are small business owners, and we’re already hearing stories of NECA members in flood-affected areas who are scrambling to borrow equipment from out-of-state colleagues so they can get to work in their own communities,” Johnston said. “Electricity is what connects us, and when that connection is severed, it affects everything in our lives.”

To speak with a NECA expert about electrical safety during a disaster or emergency power restoration, contact NECA.

NECA Blogs

Click on the following links to manage subscription preferences. 


NECA This Week

Weekly membership newsletter featuring industry news and updates, manage subscription preferences

NECA Technology

NECA Technology – the Project for Applied and Disruptive Technology, explores the world of technology and keeps members informed of what’s happening today, and of what will be launched in the not too distant future.  Dr. Joey Shorter, NECA Director of Research, has an extensive background in education and experience in translating the work of academics into understandable, practical ideas.

NECA Business Development

Monthly posts from NECA Business Development. 

NECA Top Issues

Become an industry advocate -- Stay on top of the latest legislative news and updates, and learn what NECA is doing on Capitol Hill for your company.

NECA Convention

Keep up with the latest schedule updates, speakers and exhibitors at this year’s NECA convention and trade show, plus archive posts from past events.

NECA Safety Update

NECA provides access to the latest safety and health information required to navigate the rapidly changing environment faced by today’s electrical industry.

Code Question of the Day

NECA’s Code Question of the Day (CQD) is Charlie Trout’s flagship National Electrical Code® forum for NECA and the industry. The CQD continues to generate a lively dialogue and relative Code-based and practical responses to an ever-increasing and interactive audience.

More in News

Newsletters

NECA Has a large selection of e-news you can sign up for. 
Sign Up!

technologyBlogs & Social Media

Engage with your peers! Share your voice & connect with us online. Be in the know on the go.
Learn More

<a href='http://thenounproject.com/noun/dialog/#icon-No2172' target='_blank'>Dialog</a> designed by <a href='http://thenounproject.com/Deadtype' target='_blank'>Dima Yagnyuk</a> from The Noun ProjectNECA Press Room

Looking to contact someone on staff to assist with an industry issue? Need official association logos, artwork or industry information? 
Visit the Press Room

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine

The magazine serves the entire electrical construction industry. 
Learn More

ELECTRI International

ELECTRI International works to help electrical contractors meet today's demands and tomorrow's challenges by funding, conducting, coordinating and transforming research results into meaningful, useful educational and consulting programs.
Learn more