ESFI Releases New Storm Recovery Resources in the Aftermath of Devastating Hurricane Season

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Rebuild and Renovate Safely after Natural Disasters

Qualified workers could mean the difference between life and death.

In the wake of numerous destructive hurricanes, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has created new resources for the use of consumers and contractors rebuilding after storms.

ESFI’s new “Rebuilding and Renovating Safely” Toolkit provides property owners and contractors with a reference for when to replace versus recondition water damaged electrical equipment, tips on how to avoid counterfeit electrical goods, and a series of important points highlighting why you should only hire qualified electricians to perform electrical work.

After a natural disaster, it’s essential to the recovery process that property owners and contractors follow certain procedures, and take their time to complete renovations and repairs properly. For property owners, the key takeaways should be to hire qualified electricians and to avoid wet or damaged electrical equipment until it has been evaluated by an expert.

With the safety of their customers as a first priority, ESFI urges contractors to ensure that all electrical products are certified by Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories and to rely only on reputable retailers for supplies.

“Qualified workers could mean the difference between life and death,” said ESFI President, Brett Brenner. “Take your time selecting an electrician, and ensure to keep the power off until your equipment has been deemed safe for use.”

Electrical safety awareness and education among consumers, employers, and communities can prevent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities. For ESFI’s complete collection of before and after Disaster Safety resources and for information on using them in your community, visit http://www.esfi.org.

About ESFI:
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to increase public awareness of the electrical hazards around us at home, work, school, and play. ESFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. For more information about ESFI and electrical safety, visit http://www.esfi.org

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