Commercial electrical fires can have a devastating impact in only a few minutes. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to ensure a commercial electrical fire won’t happen at your business. Here are some simple tips for preventing commercial electrical fires.
Commercial Electrical 101
Commercial electrical distribution systems can be a variety of different sizes depending on the size of your business. The distribution system typically is a network of circuits that includes wiring, breakers, fuses, and step-down transformers for lower voltage equipment. Transformers are used to take power from the main power grid, reduce the level of power needed, and distribute it throughout the commercial electrical distribution system.
What Are Some Signs of Trouble?
Electrical fires can cause a massive amount of commercial property damage before the fire department has a chance to arrive. By having regular fire safety inspections and checking over your fire safety equipment, you can help reduce the chances that a commercial electrical fire will happen to your business. Here are some of the most common issues that can contribute to commercial electrical fires and how you can fix the problem:
- Corroded Wiring: Old wiring is one of the biggest sources of commercial and residential electrical fires. If any wire is exposed on the exterior of the building, corrosive natural sources will rapidly deteriorate the wire even further. Replace any wire without sheathing right away.
- Fuses and Circuits: If you have a lot of blown fuses or tripped circuits, it’s a sign that you might have a bigger problem. Overloaded outlets can lead to overheating and an eventual commercial electrical fire.
- Hot Spots: A hot spot is any spot on your electrical panel that has loose connections, corroded wires, overloaded circuits, short circuits, imbalanced electrical loading, or faulty breakers or switches. These problems cause heat on the electrical panel and can eventually lead to fire.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience with design, installation, service, and inspection of residential and commercial fire protection systems. We service clients throughout the Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480 or contact us online. For more fire safety tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.