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Electrical Maintenance and Safety Tips for Commercial Buildings

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If you own or operate a commercial building, there are of course any number of things that you need to keep an eye on from a maintenance standpoint around your property. Your electrical system can sometimes be a bit out of sight, out of mind, as most people take for granted that the electrical outlet over on that wall is going to keep working without fail.

But a problem with your electrical work could lead to an expensive repair or a safety issue, or it might even shut down your entire operation until the problem is resolved. Here are some electrical maintenance and safety tips for your commercial building to keep in mind.

Wall Outlets in Commercial Buildings Can Accumulate Wear and Tear Faster Than the Ones in Your Home

When you're at home, you likely plug some electronics or appliances into the wall just one time and then don't ever touch the plug again. But this is not the case with most commercial work environments. Workers may need to unplug equipment to move it to a different part of the warehouse or office. 

You could have multiple pieces of equipment getting plugged or unplugged into various wall outlets throughout your building all day long. This will cause wear and tear over time, and that could lead to an outlet developing a crack or other issues like a plug not staying securely in the socket.

Keep an Eye on Your Fuses and Circuit Breakers to Avoid an Unexpected Work Stoppage or a Dangerous Overload

If your commercial property has industrial-grade equipment or machinery,  you are likely using a good deal of power on a daily basis. Depending on how your business is set up, you may want to periodically keep an eye on your electrical fuses or know and understand how to operate the circuit breakers throughout your building. If you blow a fuse or trip a breaker, you may end up out of commission for some time, so it's important to make sure these areas are being properly maintained and taken care of.

Keep Extension Cords Out of the Way and Replace Frayed Cords or Wires Immediately to Avoid a Workplace Accident

An extension cord or a frayed cord could prove to be a tripping or fire hazard almost anywhere, but within the walls of your business, it's a possible workplace accident that could lead to a workers compensation claim. Periodically inspect how you are running your cords or wires and be sure that no heavy equipment is being run over the cords. 

Contact an electrical maintenance service such as Blues City Electric to get a full inspection today.