Electrical workplace safety

How Do You Ensure Safety in the Workplace?

If your company is going to be moving office spaces soon or you simply haven’t had your office’s electrical system checked recently, you should consider getting a professional commercial electrical service provider in Burlington to inspect your office.

We at S & S Electrical Services Inc. would like everyone to know of the seriousness and importance of electrical safety. Although we tend to take electricity for granted in the modern office, it is still a powerful force and potentially hazardous if not properly handled. Improperly maintained electrical systems are routinely a leading cause of office fires. Besides getting your electrical systems checked by a professional, the best thing you can do for your employees is to know the signs of electrical problems so you can get help before it’s too late.

What Are Some Common Signs of Electrical Problems?

Electricity can be dangerous even if there are no obviously exposed wires. Besides flammable materials being directly exposed to an electric current, there is also the possibility that electricity itself can travel through the air, or arc, and make contact with a flammable material at some distance from the source of the electricity. This is why you should always be sure to look for general signs of electrical problems and call in a professional as soon as possible if you notice something is amiss. A few simple signs that something is wrong with your office’s electrical system include:
  • Frequently blown fuses. This indicates that you might be putting too much stress on a single circuit.
  • People receive shocks from appliances. If everything is functioning correctly, regular appliances should not shock you. If anyone is shocked, that eans electricity is flowing outside its usual paths and you should get your system checked.
  • Outlets are damaged or discoloured. This can be simple deterioration from age but there’s also a chance that electricity arcing is causing the discolouration. 
  • Lights dim or flicker for no reason. This is never a good sign. Your electrical system is designed to provide constant power so, assuming there’s no systemic power outage, dimming lights means something is wrong with your electrical system.

What Can I Do to Prevent Electrical Fires or Other Accidents?

The best thing you can do is to educate yourself and your employees about the dangers of electrical systems, the signs of problems, and how to appropriately handle electrical equipment. Don’t place flammable material near power outlets, and always unplug appliances by the plug and never by the cord.

Besides this, you should contact us today at S & S Electrical Services Inc. for a full electrical safety assessment and all your commercial electrical service needs in Burlington or surrounding areas. Also be sure to ask us about the potential benefits you can gain from joining the Small Business Lighting Incentive Program. Replacing and upgrading your small business’s electrical system has never been easier or more cost effective.
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