Warns Flood Victims:
All Gas Control
Valves, Electric Circuit Breakers, GFCIs, and Fuses That Have Been
DC (SafetyAlerts) -
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC) is warning flood victims that all gas control valves,
electric circuit breakers, ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs),
that have been under water must be replaced to avoid explosions and
if these safety devices appear to function after being submerged in a
they are unfit for continued use and cannot be repaired. They may
fail, causing explosions or fires. Other parts of gas and electric
that have been submerged such as fans, motors, electric circuits, and
systems should be evaluated by a qualified technician for continued
operation. Entire appliances may need to be replaced.
Gas control valves on furnaces, water heaters, and other gas appliances
have been under water must be replaced. Silt and corrosion from flood
damage internal components of control valves and prevent proper
can leak and result in an explosion or fire. Gas control valves that
under water cannot be salvaged; they must be replaced.
Electric circuit breakers, GFCIs, and fuses that have been submerged
be replaced because water and silt inside the devices prevent them from
properly as safety devices. Flood water and silt trapped inside circuit
breakers or switches can cause electrical shorting or mechanical
The only safe action is to discard and replace circuit breakers, GFCIs,
fuses that have been under water.
CPSC also recommends that consumers replace smoke detectors and carbon
alarms that have been submerged.
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