According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical fires rank among the top five causes of commercial building fires, higher even than unattended cigarettes and candles. This includes clinics and hospitals, manufacturing plants, warehouses, restaurants, and many other types of establishments. With laws like OSHA and the National Electric Code, electrical safety in the workplace should be a priority for any business. From Rancho Electrical, here are a few ways to keep your building and your employees safe.
An Electrical Safety Plan
The first step any business should take to ensure safety around the workplace is to establish a written electrical safety program, as well as training and guidelines for anyone working with or around electrical equipment. This should include how to identify electrical hazards, information on electrical safety equipment and protective gear, how OSHA rules for safety apply to your workplace, and the penalties for noncompliance. Safety meetings on both an individual and a company level should be performed to keep everyone from upper management to new employees on the safety standards.
Part of your safety meets can include information about the warning signs of electrical issues ad how to solve or report them. This can include the following:
- Direct contact with surfaces is not the only way electrical fires can start; electricity can arc through the air searching for a path to the ground.
- Frequently blown fuses or tripped circuits are symptoms of electrical problems and should be reported and fixed by a licensed electrician.
- Getting a shock from an electrical appliance is a sign of a more serious problem and should be unplugged.
- Flickering or dimming lights may indicate a short in the wiring, dangerous arcing, or an over-extension of electrical systems. This may warrant a full electrical inspection.
If you discover faults in your electrical system or thing don’t seem to be running as efficiently as they once did, consider calling Rancho Electrical for an inspection of your building. We can perform full electrical service on everything from office lighting to large electrical projects. Contact us today at (909) 944-7248 for more information.