Just in case we ever have another hurricane, here’s a common sense list for Noah and the rest of us

Is there a licensed electron on board?

Is there a licensed electrician on board?

Popular Science: Rules for safety after a flood

1. Never go into a flood-damaged basement or a basement filled with water until the utility company, fire department, or a licensed electrician has removed the home’s electrical meter from its socket.

Why: Removing the meter from the socket is the only way the house can be completely disconnected from the grid. Even if you’ve lost power, you can still be electrocuted in a flooded basement if someone is running a generator nearby and back-feeding electricity into a storm damaged grid. You can’t count on a storm-damaged circuit breaker or disconnect switch to protect you. The only safe way is to remove the meter.

2. Once the building is pumped out and you begin recovery efforts, keep in mind that all flooded electrical equipment is almost certainly ruined.

Why: Very few things in a house are rated to survive submersion, even briefly. The following will almost certainly need to be replaced:

Plastic-sheathed building wire (often referred to by the trade name Romex)
Armored cable (often referred to by the trade name BX)
Circuit panels and circuit breakers
Fuse boxes and fuses
Sub panels
Switched disconnect boxes
Switches
Outlet receptacles
Motors
Circuit boards
Non-submersible pumps
Blowers and fans
Lights
Heaters
Air conditioners
Furnaces
Boilers

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11 responses to “Just in case we ever have another hurricane, here’s a common sense list for Noah and the rest of us

  1. hmmm

    Please pass this list along to the two women kayakers

  2. anonymous

    This ad is brought to you by Home Depot?

  3. Walt

    Dude –

    So I was perusing the Greenwich Time this morning, checking out the local scuttlebutt, seeing if there are any happenings going on in town this weekend,and I saw an article that the GHS Class of ‘69 is celebrating its 45th class reunion this weekend:

    http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Class-of-69-5735042.php

    Isn’t that your class Dude? Are you going to attend? Dressed in your 1969 anti-war protest army jacket? And your ripped Levi’s and flip flops? With one of those hippy leather hats? And a peace sign on your lapel? You must have been very debonair, I am quite sure. After all, those were your formative years, and made you the loveable, funny, approachable and talented man that you are today. Correct? CORRECT!!

    Would any of the other kids – now old ladies – remember you? Will the girl who gave you your first handie be there? Do you think she has gotten over it yet? It was with a girl, wasn’t it Dude?

    Were you voted “most likely” anything? Did they have a biggest loser category?

    So please make sure you go. Take pictures and report back.
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  4. Hope you were and still are a yippie….as in fun not the PC hippie type….

  5. pulled up in OG

    “Removing the meter from the socket is the only way the house can be completely disconnected from the grid.”

    WRONG

  6. Cos Cobber

    Malloy, has shed all his original ambitions to pair back teacher tenure in an effort to motivate his teacher base for his campaign. Kids = losers. Thugs = winners

    http://www.raisinghale.com/2014/09/05/teachers-union-official-with-state-appointment-describes-herself-online-as-a-proud-union-thug/