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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Simple Steps to Prevent Commercial Electrical Fires

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

As industry experts know, commercial electrical fires can be very dangerous and costly.  In fact, when a commercial fire occurs, it can lean to the injury or death of the employees or customers present.  Additionally, electrical fires can result in property loss.  the shut-down of a business can cause undue hardship to the property owner or renter.  SERVPRO, a premier fire damage restoration company, will respond immediately to get you back in business.  Luckily, most of these fires are preventable and can also be contained through maintenance of fixtures, employee training, and the facilitation of greater awareness regarding work hazards.  Learn more about how to identify electrical hazards and reduce the incidence of a commercial fire, which may lead to smoke and fire damage, by reading the following information:

Recognizing the Warning Signs

Electrical distribution systems contain several complex elements.  These elements are capable of exposing commercial buildings to fire risks.  Some of the areas of concern are:

  • Corroded Wiring : Wiring that is old or defective can cause electrical fires.  Although all wiring can start to break down at some point, the wiring exposed to corrosive substances or the outdoor environment is subject to faster degradation.  Industrial facilities, multi-tenant warehouses, and farms should be attentive to their wiring given that it can be subject to extreme exposure to the elements.
  • Circuits and Fuses : Tripped circuits and blown fuses are signs of overloaded outlets or circuits.  These circuits and outlets can generate overheating and result in combustion leading to commercial electrical fires.
  • Hot Spots : Overloaded circuits, corroded wires or connections, loose connection, faulty fuses, imbalanced electrical loading, short circuits, switches, and breakers can generate "hot spots."  This is the result of the excessive heat that builds up within the electrical panels.  If there is any sense that these "hot spots" could cause a commercial flare-up, here is an option.  Infrared thermal imaging can be operated to locate these hot spots, repairs can then be done preventing electrical shortages or breakdowns that lead to fires.  Small business owners can hire licensed electricians to complete this inspection.

Electrical Distribution Equipment

Periodically, electrical distribution equipment needs to be physically inspected and tested.  The equipment should also periodically undergo thermal imaging.  This would should be completed by a licensed professional.  Some of the equipment requiring inspection includes:

  • Electrical panels, switchboards, and switchgear
  • Fuses
  • Circuit breakers
  • Relays and contactors
  • Disconnect switches
  • Motors
  • Motor controls
  • Transformers

The Fire Marshall periodically visits commercial buildings checking the fire extinguisher's expiration dates.  The overhead sprinkler system, fire exit lighted signs and safe egress from the commercial building are all inspected.  Prevention is the key.

Conclusion

Fire damage can be especially devastating for a business or commercial property.  Significant water damage can be an unintended result of extinguishing a commercial fire.  The fire suppression system of a commercial building (overhead fire sprinkler system) can also cause a large amount of water damage.  Commercial business owners know that electrical fires negatively affect their property, the operation of the business, and the loss of revenue.  However, the information about can help you take strides towards preventing these fires from happening.  In the event that you find your commercial space affected by fire, electrical or otherwise, you should know who to call to help facilitate the remediation process.  As a company with extensive experience in restoring property affected by electrical fires, the professionals at SERVPRO can provide you with the detailed assistance necessary to get your business space in working order.  Contact us today for professional, personalized service.

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