CPSC Warns Flood Victims: Replace All Gas Control Valves, Electric Circuit Breakers, GFCIs, and Fuses That Have Been Under Water

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- 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), and
 fuses that have been under water must be replaced to avoid explosions and
 fires.  Even if these safety devices appear to function after being submerged
 in a flood, they are unfit for continued use and cannot be repaired.  They may
 eventually fail, causing explosions or fires.  Other parts of gas and electric
 appliances that have been submerged such as fans, motors, electric circuits,
 and venting systems should be evaluated by a qualified technician for
 continued safe operation.  Entire appliances may need to be replaced.
     Gas control valves on furnaces, water heaters, and other gas appliances
 that have been under water must be replaced.  Silt and corrosion from flood
 water can damage internal components of control valves and prevent proper
 operation.  Gas can leak and result in an explosion or fire.  Gas control
 valves that have been under water cannot be salvaged; they must be replaced.
     Electric circuit breakers, GFCIs, and fuses that have been submerged must
 also be replaced because water and silt inside the devices prevent them from
 performing properly as safety devices.  Flood water and silt trapped inside
 circuit breakers or switches can cause electrical shorting or mechanical
 malfunctions.  The only safe action is to discard and replace circuit
 breakers, GFCIs, and fuses that have been under water.
     CPSC also recommends that consumers replace smoke detectors and carbon
 monoxide alarms that have been submerged.
 
     To link from your web site to this press release on CPSC's web site, go
 to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01134.html . The U.S. Consumer
 Product Safety Commission protects the public from unreasonable risks of
 injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's
 jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call
 CPSC's hotline at 800-638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at 800-638-8270, or
 visit CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html . For information on
 CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call the above numbers or visit the web site at
 http://cpsc.gov/about/who.html . To order a press release through fax-on-
 demand, call 301-504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the
 release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at
 CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov .
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- 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), and
 fuses that have been under water must be replaced to avoid explosions and
 fires.  Even if these safety devices appear to function after being submerged
 in a flood, they are unfit for continued use and cannot be repaired.  They may
 eventually fail, causing explosions or fires.  Other parts of gas and electric
 appliances that have been submerged such as fans, motors, electric circuits,
 and venting systems should be evaluated by a qualified technician for
 continued safe operation.  Entire appliances may need to be replaced.
     Gas control valves on furnaces, water heaters, and other gas appliances
 that have been under water must be replaced.  Silt and corrosion from flood
 water can damage internal components of control valves and prevent proper
 operation.  Gas can leak and result in an explosion or fire.  Gas control
 valves that have been under water cannot be salvaged; they must be replaced.
     Electric circuit breakers, GFCIs, and fuses that have been submerged must
 also be replaced because water and silt inside the devices prevent them from
 performing properly as safety devices.  Flood water and silt trapped inside
 circuit breakers or switches can cause electrical shorting or mechanical
 malfunctions.  The only safe action is to discard and replace circuit
 breakers, GFCIs, and fuses that have been under water.
     CPSC also recommends that consumers replace smoke detectors and carbon
 monoxide alarms that have been submerged.
 
     To link from your web site to this press release on CPSC's web site, go
 to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01134.html . The U.S. Consumer
 Product Safety Commission protects the public from unreasonable risks of
 injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's
 jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call
 CPSC's hotline at 800-638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at 800-638-8270, or
 visit CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html . For information on
 CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call the above numbers or visit the web site at
 http://cpsc.gov/about/who.html . To order a press release through fax-on-
 demand, call 301-504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the
 release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at
 CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov .
 
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