Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 - National Electrical and Communications Association - NECA
Today, peak Australian electrical industry body, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), reminded Victorians of the electrical dangers following a home or business being inundated with water.

Some Victorian residents are without power supply due to the floods.

NECA has been advised that properties which have been flooded will not have their power supply restored until they have been inspected by a licensed electrician to ensure they are safe to be reconnected. Powercor, the electricity distributor covering the flood affected areas, will not reconnect properties which have been flooded until they receive a Certificate of Electrical Safety from a licensed electrician that shows that it is safe to reconnect power.

NECA Victoria Chief Executive Officer, Mr Philip Green, said that the electrical industry fully supports the decision to inspect buildings that have been affected by floodwater before the power is reconnected and urged Victorians affected by the floods to ensure electrical safety measures are adhered to so the risks of electrocution are minimised.

“As we have seen in Queensland, floodwater can cause a whole range of electrical problems for residents and it is essential that everyone takes a safety first approach,” Mr Green said.

“Where properties have been damaged by flood water, it is imperative that checks of wiring are made before power is restored to the property and that electrical appliances are also checked to ensure the appliances are safe to be used.”

“Checks to installation wiring must be carried out by a licensed electrician or a licensed electrical inspector”.

NECA has also advised that water damaged electrical appliances should not be used until they have been checked for safety issues. Do not expect them to work safely once they have dried out.

“Checking of electrical appliances must be carried our by a licensed electrician, licensed electrical inspector or an appliance repair specialist. I urge all Victorians to adhere to these electrical safety measures,” Mr Green said.

Members of the public can find a registered electrical contractor in their area by going to www.neca.asn.au

Powercor can be reached on 13 24 12 and updates are available on their website www.powercor.com.au.

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National Electrical and Communications Association - NECA


NECA is the peak industry body representing the interest of electrical and communications contractors Australia wide.
Phil Green - NECA Victoria CEO
P: (03) 9645 5533
M: 0412 657 337
W: www.neca.asn.au/

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