FREDERICTON (GNB) – The fire marshal and chief electrical inspector warn people not to use appliances that may have been damaged during the recent spring flooding and to know the origin of any second-hand appliance.

Flood-impacted appliances may be sold or offered through online platforms. This could cause a significant fire risk to people who acquire these appliances without knowing their history.

People are advised to follow these electrical tips:

  • Do not assume that any part of a flooded electrical installation or appliance is safe.
  • Do not energize any electrical equipment if it has been under water. These items may work and appear safe but, once they have been under water, they could cause electrocution or fire.

To prevent a fire and electrical hazard, you may need to replace the following:

  • Electrical appliances, sump pumps, water pumps and related equipment, washers, dryers, dehumidifiers, vacuums and related tools. There are many switches, motors and transformers that may be corroded.

Information on how to safely dispose of appliances is available online. Additional advice about flood cleanup is also available online.

People wishing to independently dispose of non-hazardous items may take them to the following locations at no charge: Crane Mountain landfill, Fredericton Region Solid Waste and the Regional Service Commission 8 transfer station. Regular household hazardous waste generated by the flood can also be taken to these facilities. People should check each facility’s hours of operation, the schedule for Household Hazardous Waste Days, and inform staff at the gate that they are disposing of flood-damaged items.

Information about special debris pickup in southern regions of the province will be announced in the coming days, once floodwaters have receded completely.