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Restore Electrical Power Safely After a Disaster

Before restoring electric power after a flood, hurricane or other disaster, take no chances that equipment may have been damaged.

  1. Make sure the power is off before working on any equipment.
  2. Replace any that has visible damage.
  3. Electrical equipment that has been submerged must be replaced or reconditioned by trained factory service personnel.
  4. Seek professional advice from a local building official, electrical utility or qualified electrician before restoring electrical power.
  5. Select and apply electrical equipment in accordance with ratings, nameplates, wiring diagrams, instructions and warnings for that equipment.