Schneider Electric advises electrical equipment precautions for Hurricane Isaac

Schneider Electric, a global energy management company that inspects, tests and reconditions electrical equipment, is urging businesses to take “every precaution” with electrical equipment in preparation for Hurricane Isaac. The following precautions are recommended by Schneider Electric to ensure employee safety and avoid costly damage both to physical equipment and the financial losses of a prolonged shutdown:

  • Wet Electrical Equipment: Electrical equipment that has been submerged or come into contact with water must be replaced, though there are exceptions to this rule for larger equipment, which may be able to be reconditioned by trained factory service personnel. Equipment that may be reconditioned includes switchboard enclosures, switchgear, low- and medium-voltage circuit breakers, and medium-voltage switches.
  • Equipment with Field Replaceable Interior Components: There is a possibility that enclosures can be reused if they have not been subjected to physical damage and if they have been properly cleaned of all debris and foreign materials.
  • Cleaning Agents and Abrasives: Do not apply cleaning agents, particularly petroleum-based cleaners, to the current-carrying portions of electrical equipment to remove foreign debris, residues and other substances. Some cleaning and lubricating compounds can cause deterioration of the non-metallic insulating or structural portions of the equipment.
  • Non-Submerged Equipment in Flooded Areas: Equipment in this situation should be inspected carefully by a qualified person to determine whether moisture has entered the enclosure. If any signs of moisture or damage exist, the equipment should be replaced or repaired.

For more information on these precautionary measures, contact Schneider Electric Services at (888) 778-2733 or click here.

 

-Bill O’Leary

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