Residents affected by flooding have been urged to avoid heading for double trouble in their clean-up operations, by not running the risk of an electric burn accident, or worse.
The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has urged people to take extra care and avoid putting their lives at risk. Hundreds of householders have evacuated their homes, as weeks of relentless rainfall damages properties across southern England.
Water and electricity can be a deadly combination, the council warns.
With more deluges forecast, it urges all householders to be wary of the dangers of combining the two.
ESC spokeswoman Penny Walshe hopes that heeding her advice might help reduce or prevent electrical disasters.
Ms Walshe said it can be tempting to rush things back to normal as soon as possible, but people should prioritise the electrically safety of their homes.
Ms Walshe said: “If the water damage to electrics is relatively minor and caused by clean water, i.e. from a burst water pipe or tank, then the cables will need to be dried and affected electrical accessories such as sockets, switches and plugs will need to be replaced.”
But if contaminated water, i.e. sewage, has caused huge flooding damage, she said, then there is a risk that affected parts of the home will require rewiring.
In this case, householders should call a registered electrician before trying to fix anything else, Ms Walshe went on.
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Source: The Ceredigion Herald
Date Published: February 13, 2014
Author: David Brown