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An Electrician Discusses Safety Tips for Businesses
Keeping your business safe by preventing electrical fires is essential. Also, damage to your electrical wiring, outlets or circuit could lead to a setback with your business. Therefore, following tips from an electrician on keeping your business safe is important.
Commercial safety tips from an electrician
Several tips that are highly recommended by electricians include replacing damaged power cords, limiting electrical usage in outlets, and keeping cords neat and away from water. The following is a review of each of these tips to help you protect your business, employees and customers.
Watch out for damaged cords
Damaged power cords pose a risk of electric shock or an electrical fire. The wiring should never be exposed on power cords (as well as other types of cords). If it is, then it is important to replace it or repair it as quickly as possible. If there is only a minor tear or cut in the electrical protective coating, then you may be able to use electrical tape to repair it, although be sure to unplug the cord before repairing it. When possible, replacing the cord altogether is the best option.
Limit how much goes into outlets
Outlets are one of the main causes of electrical fires. When businesses overload an electrical outlet with commercial electrical equipment, it can lead to tripping the circuit breaker or at the worst an electrical fire. Instead, limit how much goes into your outlets, and use an energy-saving power cord if you do need to use a lot of electricity in a confined area within your commercial property. Also, if any of your outlets start to produce a burning smell or show black smoke-like marks, then it is time to call the commercial electrician for prompt service.
Keep extension cords out of harm’s way
Ideally, it is best to avoid the use of extension cords as much as possible. In many instances, they pose a threat of an electrical fire, especially if there is a lot of traffic within your commercial property. This is because sometimes workers, customers, clients, etc. walk past the extension cord and trip on it. Not only can this in itself cause injury, but it could also cause damage to the wire or outlet if the cord is ripped away.
Keep electrical equipment or outlets away from water
Perhaps the most obvious tip for preventing electrical damage or an electrical fire at your place of business is to keep all electrical equipment, power cords and outlets away from any source of water. Otherwise, the combination of electricity and water could lead to serious injury and damage to your electrical system. Be sure to wipe up all spills and keep your business’ foundation well maintained.
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