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Prevent Electrical Fires

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

Business owners should repair electrical systems on a regular basis.

          Attention business owners!

Commercial Fire Damage may occur in your factory or store. There are steps that are necessary to take in order to avoid the risk of a devastating fire in your building.

Factories, retail establishments and restaurants have a higher incidence of dangerous fires due to the extensive amount of electrical cables and hot machinery that are used by employees. Because of the complex nature of power distribution systems in a commercial building, a business owner must maintain certain safety protocols. Here at SERVPRO we have a few steps for owners to protect their commercial property.

Repair Electrical Systems on a Regular Basis
Many commercial buildings have very old electrical wiring, circuit breakers and switches that can lead to hot sparks that cause fires. Electric systems are typically located inside walls and ceilings where it's hard to inspect before adding new machinery and appliances that require more power. In many cases, businesses overload old wiring, causing overheated systems that begin to smoke and burn.

Hire Professionals to Inspect a Business’s Electrical System
While business managers can inspect switches and wires visually on the outside of walls and ceilings, a professional electrician is required to test many electrical components such as industrial lighting or air conditioner wiring. During the inspection, the electrician will use a building’s blueprint to find any dangerous hot spots. After an inspection, a business owner should have a list of necessary repairs to avoid future fire damage.

Prevent Commercial Damage with Quality Safety Equipment
Safety laws require commercial establishments to have safety equipment located in easily accessible locations to extinguish a small fire quickly before it spreads. The safety equipment needed includes fire sprinklers on the ceilings and fire extinguishers on walls. Fire safety equipment requires routine maintenance and occasional replacement. Government inspectors maintain a regular inspection schedule to ensure safety equipment is up-to-date.

Train Employees to Prevent Commercial Fire Damage
Employees should have adequate safety training to use the equipment and also know how to use machines correctly to avoid starting a dangerous fire. Management should have a written plan in place for employees to report malfunctioning machines, frayed wires or hot components as soon as possible. If a fire does occur, then employees should understand how to leave the building immediately and contact firefighters. After a fire is extinguished, never try to make repairs but contact the professionals at SERVPRO OF SUNRISE instead. SERVPRO professionals are trained and have the expertise to repair any commercial property.

SERVPRO of Sunrise is part of a special Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country to respond to large-scale disasters.

We are proud to serve our local community. 

When your commercial property has fire damage, we have the experience and expertise to help.  Give us a call at (954) 748-7887.

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