Flooding - Electrical safety tips (05/05/02)
May 2, 2005
FREDERICTON (CNB) -- For residents in flood-affected areas along the St. John River, the following electrical safety tips are issued by the Department of
If your power has been turned off by NB Power, you must contact your local electrical inspector before NB Power will turn on your electrical supply.
If your power has not been turned off by NB Power, you can contact your local electrical inspector, or an accredited electrical contractor.
- Use extreme caution when returning home to a flood damaged area.
- Stay clear of wires.
- Do not assume that any part of a flooded electrical installation/appliance is safe.
- Disconnect power prior to inspecting electrical devices.
- Call a certified electrician for repairs to electrical appliances/installations to ensure your safety when you re-energize your electrical system.
- Do not energize any electrical equipment if it has been under water. These items may work and appear safe but once they have been under water, they could
cause electrocution or fire.
To prevent a fire and electrical hazard, you may need to replace/repair the following:
- Light switches, thermostats, outlets, light fixtures, electric heaters, ceiling fans, etc.
- Furnace burner and blower motor, ignition transformer, elements, relay (oil furnace and oil hot water tank, electric furnace).
- Hot water tank (electric, oil, or propane).
- Electrical appliances, sump pump, water pumps and related equipment, washer, dryer, dehumidifier, vacuum, tools, exercise equipment. There are many
switches, motors, and transformers that will be corroded.
- Breakers, fuses, fuse holders.
The Department of Public Safety's Electrical Inspectors are available at the following numbers:
495 A Prospect Street
8 Castle Street
Dimmock Building, Unit 1
111 Chapel St.
MEDIA CONTACT: New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, 506-453-2133.