NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia, March 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Recent, unseasonably high temperatures have many areas of the province preparing for higher than usual water levels and potential flooding. There are serious gas and electrical safety implications to consider if you are living or working in an area experiencing flooding. BC Safety Authority (BCSA) reminds homeowners and businesses to take precautions with gas and electrical appliances when flooding is expected.
"Electrical equipment and gas appliances exposed to flood waters can be dangerous if they are re-energized and used without being properly inspected by a licensed contractor," says Wayne Lock, Acting Director of Technical Programs for BC Safety Authority.
"Moisture, debris and contaminants in flood-damaged equipment or appliances can sometimes be hidden and cause serious risks," adds Lock.
If electrical, gas or heating equipment is subjected to flooding it may become damaged, making it inoperable or unsafe. It is important to have the area of occupancy declared safe to enter by the proper authorities. It is also important that the requirements of other health & safety protocols have also been met.
If flooding is expected and time allows, do the following:
If there is no advance warning of flooding or a licensed contractor is unavailable:
Extreme precautions must be taken when returning to a flood-damaged area. BCSA encourages property owners to do the following in flood situations:
Please read the requirements to restore electrical and gas service after a flooding incident available in BC Safety Authority's Information Bulletin on Emergency Post Flood Protocol for Re-Energizing Electrical and Gas: http://safetyauthority.ca/news/media-releases/gas-and-electrical-equipment-safety-floods-0.
BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits,
licences and certificates, we work with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.
For more information about gas and electrical safety, permits and licensed contractors please visit BC Safety Authority's website at: www.safetyauthority.ca or contact your local BCSA office.
Additional media resources, including audio files are available at: http://safetyauthority.ca/news/media-releases/gas-and-electrical-equipment-safety-floods-0
For information about disaster financial assistance, contact Emergency Management BC: http://pep.bc.ca/dfa_claims/dfa.html
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