A commercial fire is going to be near the top of the list of every business owner’s worst nightmare. Our blog and website is full of useful advice about fire safety, fire protection and generally how to avoid the risk to life and your business. About the only thing missing is a comprehensive summary. Below are our top tips to minimising the risk of an electrical fire.
PAT Test Regularly
A regular Portable Appliance Test (PAT) will help to identify appliances that are faulty. Most business fires are electrical There are guidelines as to how often equipment should be tested and the frequency of PAT testing, but the frequency should be based on a risk assessment approach, so for a busy warehouse or factory the frequency should be annual, where as an office could be tested less frequent. However, there is still a common misconception that all equipment should be tested annually, this is not the case. If your unsure call us, we can guide you on the best schedule for your business.
Appliances and their electric cables become damaged, especially if they are not kept tidy. Friction against other surfaces will cause the outer casing to fray exposing live wires. A cable that is kinked or knotted will cause the wires inside to break and short. A regular (monthly or bi-monthly) visual inspection will help to spot these potential fire hazards better still before the appliance is used. Check the wiring is intact and that there is no damage to the plug or casing of the appliance and it is suitable for the job.
Fixed Wire Inspections
It is a legal requirement for commercial buildings to have regular inspections of the fixed electric wiring. Installations deteriorate over time. For a comprehensive guide on how often you should have your fixed wire installations inspected, click here.
Keeping the premises tidy will prevent the spread of a fire, ensure waste baskets and bins are emptied, all flammable materials and hazardous liquids are kept in the appropriate places and of course basic safety elements like not allowing aerosols to be left in direct sunlight.
Minimising the Risk of an Electrical Fire
A workplace safety policy should be in place which ensures that there are adequate fire safety measures, informs staff about potential fire risks and provides training on fire safety, prevents the use of naked flames on the premises and conducting and reviewing a fire safety risk assessment will all help minimising the risk of an electrical fire.
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Until next time, stay safe!