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Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:27 pm Post subject: Post-Storm Safety Tips
From Nov 05, 2012 to Dec 04, 2012 (included)
|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
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
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.