An unprotected electrical connection in a flood poses a serious safety risk.
We’ve seen plenty of wet weather this year and inevitably there has been some flooding. 
We were recently called out to a Victorian domestic property which had lost power and the residual current device (RCD) wouldn’t reset. 
This was a clear indication there was an electrical fault and it didn’t take long to locate the issue. 
Without the RCD this unprotected connection in floodwater would have been a serious electrical safety risk. 

Electrical safety in wet environments 

It’s important to take care in kitchens, bathrooms, gardens and, of course, basements at risk of flooding. Ideally, electrical equipment and sources of electricity are kept well away from water and other liquids. Steps to improve electrical safety can include: 
Using a GFCI. A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) detects an imbalance in the flow of electricity and shuts off the power in a fraction of a second. This can prevent injuries if electrical cabling is exposed to water. It’s also a good idea to test your GFCIs regularly using the test and reset buttons. 
Waterproof cables and plugs. Not all electrical cables and plugs are suitable to use in a wet or damp environment. If they are damaged, the risk is even more serious. Extension cables and power strips aren’t suitable for wet areas. 
Use waterproof cables and plugs rated for outdoor or wet locations. Coated and sealed, they are designed to prevent moisture coming in to contact with electricity. Check the IP (ingress protection) ratings to find suitable cables and plugs. 
Wear protective clothing and footwear. Protective clothing and footwear can reduce the risk of shocks or burns if you’re close to both electricity and moisture. 
Understand electrical safety requirements. Electrical safety rules and regulations apply to both work and home environments. Also, check instructions and warnings provided with electrical equipment and appliances and confirm what’s needed for safe installation and maintenance. 
If you have any doubts or issues with electrical wiring or equipment contact a professional electrician
If you can do so safely, turn off the power supply and don’t touch people or equipment affected. 
Please get in touch of you have any electrical safety concerns about your property. 
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