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USE CAUTION WHEN DEALING WITH FLOOD-DAMAGED ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

Published 04/11/2011, West Fargo Pioneer

(Bismarck, ND) – This spring, you may experience flooding in your area. After suffering damages caused by flooding, it may be instinctive to immediately begin the cleanup process. The North Dakota State Electrical Board cautions North Dakotans when dealing with water-damaged electrical equipment. If your electrical wiring or equipment (breaker panel or fuse box) has been submerged in water due to the recent flooding, owner should call the power supplier to turn off power immediately. Do not attempt to pump water from the building when the electricity is on because you will be subject to electrical shock. If water has naturally drained away from the area where the electrical equipment (breaker panel) has been submerged, the electrical system is still not safe. Flood waters can cause corrosion and sediment and other contaminants can be lodged in the equipment.

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