When it comes to commercial electrical equipment, safety must be a priority. While many building electrical systems can operate for years without any trouble, it’s not something you want to leave to chance. Though hiring a professional electrical contractor is the best way to ensure your electrical equipment is functioning properly, there is some basic maintenance that can be done in the interim to prevent issues.
1. Look Out for Damaged Outlets
Wall outlets are susceptible to normal wear and tear, especially in a commercial space where things are constantly getting plugged in and unplugged. These outlets, also called receptacles, will eventually wear out, causing the metal connections inside to loosen their grip on the cords. This causes outlets to heat up and, if left unmonitored, could cause fires or explosions.
Some telltale signs that you need to replace your receptacles:
- Flickering lights
- Cracked or discolored outlets
- Plugs are loose or falling out
- Burning smell
- Buzzing sound
- Visible sparks
2. Avoid Extension Cords
Extension cords are very common in a commercial building, but using them is a danger in itself. These cords often cannot handle excess current, which may ultimately lead to electrical shock if touched or even fires. To diminish the need for extension cords, it’s best to simply have an electrician install additional wall outlets.
3. Unplug Cords & Turn Off Appliances
Though it may seem tedious, always turn off fixtures or appliances that aren’t in use to prevent an overcurrent. If possible, it’s even better to unplug cords from equipment if the space is empty to help ensure there are no electrical issues.
4. Make Sure Appliances Function Properly
The more appliances in your building, the more opportunities there are for something to malfunction. Commercial buildings typically consist of appliances such as air conditioning, refrigerators, microwaves, computers, and so forth. Keeping these regularly inspected and identifying all potential electrical hazards can lower the risk of danger. Check for any faulty cords, switches, or plugs and replace them if needed. You can also hire an electrician to inspect and maintain the electrical wiring for appliances that get used more often than others. If there is equipment that isn’t in use, switch it off and unplug it.
5. Keep an Eye on Lighting
You should regularly inspect all lighting systems your building uses, regardless of the type of system you have. Faulty lighting can lead to hazards such as electrocution or fires if not dealt with. Even checking that lightbulbs are functioning can save you from a potentially dangerous situation.
Another factor to consider is emergency lighting – do you have a plan for evacuation if your electrical system fails? Having a lighting system that will kick in when you need it most can be extremely helpful to prepare for emergency situations. Electricians can set this up and it will need to be tested and maintained regularly.
6. Schedule Regular Inspections
It is crucial to arrange regular electrical inspections to maintain the integrity of your building and the safety of your tenants or employees. Qualified professional electricians can identify potential hazards and test your circuits to check for any electrical defects. They will often include a detailed report to ensure compliance moving forward.
In the end, commercial electrical safety is all about prevention! Keep your business code-compliant and safe by scheduling an electrical inspection or maintenance with the professional electricians at ALL Electric today.