New Checklist for Electrical Equipment Maintenance


New checklist helps electricians assess whether damaged electrical systems should be repaired or replaced after a natural disaster

August 28, 2019 – The past few months have delivered a number of powerful and damaging natural disasters across the US. From earthquakes and wildfires in the west, tornadoes in the Midwest and hurricanes across northern and southern states, no one part of the country has been immune to the mighty force of nature.

As a result of these events, building owners and managers of industrial and commercial facilities face the daunting process of disaster recovery. More specifically, when electrical systems are damaged in a natural or man-made disaster, electricians need to make critical decisions about whether the electrical equipment that was damaged can be salvaged or not.

As a complement to National Preparedness Month in September, a new NFPA checklist has been developed for electricians that helps highlight and simplify key aspects of this decision-making process. The checklist is based on recommendations in Chapter 32 of NFPA 70B®, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance (2019 edition). Following these straightforward suggestions can help make the difference between an impossible task and an informed decision.

The checklist includes:

  • a list of disaster scenarios, which can inflict damage of varying degrees to facilities
  • steps for assessing equipment
  • a Priority Assessment Table
  • steps to help identify factors for replacement or repair

Download the free “Natural Disaster Electrical Equipment Checklist” today to help prepare before a disaster strikes.

Additional information about NFPA 70B can be found in the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) section of NFPA’s website.

For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resources, please visit the NFPA press room.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information visit All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at

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