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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:27 pm    Post subject: Post-Storm Safety Tips
From Nov 05, 2012 to Dec 04, 2012 (included)
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Post-Storm Safety Tips
Below are post-storm safety tips from the Department of Buildings for New Yorkers:
 Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
 Before re-entering buildings, check for structural damage that could affect the
building’s stability.
 Stay away from breaker boxes in flooded basements or areas.
 Do not go into flooded basements if electrical wires are present.
 Turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box, even if the power is off in your
community. Then you can re-energize the power when it is safe to do so.
 If any electrical wiring, receptacles or equipment were submerged in water during
the storm, you must hire a licensed electrician to inspect the equipment prior to
returning it to service.
Note: In most cases, any electrical wiring that came into contact with salt water will be required to
be removed and replaced. A licensed electrician may be able to disconnect the affected wiring
branches to permit equipment in the rest of the building to be returned to service.
 If the water entered your heating or mechanical equipment, be sure to have it
inspected by a qualified service technician prior to returning it to service. Failure
to do so could produce a shock, endangering your life and may destroy
equipment.
 Generators used to power a house should not be connected until after all
compromised wiring has been disconnected or replaced.
 Dry all areas and items quickly and thoroughly to prevent mold growth.
 Clean and disinfect all damp items and materials. Mud left from floodwaters can
contain sewage and chemicals.
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