Water Damage-Safety with Electricity
Environmental hazards are present in every water damage. Electrical hazards, structural hazards, and hazardous materials are a few types of hazards that can be life threatening.
Water conducts electricity and mixing them can be disastrous. Electrical hazards are potentially everywhere. Water from a roof leak or from water pipes in the attic is likely to get into the wiring system.
Here are a few electrical safety tips when dealing with water damage:
- Turn off the power to the building/home at the main circuit breaker if this can be done safely. if you are unable to access the main circuit panel safely, call an electrician to turn off the power
- If water is running from a light fixture, light switch or outlet, do not turn on that circuit
- Use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) for all electrical equipment. Portable GFCIs can be purchased at most home supply stores.
- Metal conducts electricity. Do not use metal measuring tapes, ropes, hand lines, ladders or other metal materials that can make contact with energized circuits or equipment.
- Determine the location of electrical wiring, cables, power lines before drilling or cutting into walls or other structural areas
- Do not turn on electrical appliances or fixtures that have been exposed to water
- Do not turn on electrical appliances or fixtures while you are standing on wet surfaces
- Always turn off the power at the power distribution box before unplugging wet items
Keys to Remember
- Take care of electrical hazards before beginning any type of work
- If you aren't sure if an environment is safe, give SERVPRO of Walnut Creek/Clayton a call and have one of our professional technicians inspect the building.
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