Electrical safety is so important when dealing with a water loss. It is involved in every water loss we deal with. Understanding the safety involved with electricity will help ensure that you get through a water loss with minimal risks.
The main thing that we worry about with electricity when water is present in your home is shock or electrocution. Water is a great conductor for electricity and if a live wire comes into contact with water it will charge the water. So if a family member comes into contact with this water they have the potential to get hurt.
The great thing about modern electricity is that a lot of safety is built right into your home. Newer build or renovated homes will most likely have GFI outlets. GFI stands for Ground Fault Interrupter. These outlets are designed to interrupt power if there is a leakage of power between the hot wire and the ground wire. When water comes into contact with these outlets it conducts electricity between the wires and the GFI then shuts off.
If you have a water loss
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