Mitigating Potential Electrical Hazards

Having a safe site is one of the critical requirements for ensuring a non-hostile environment.  When considering safety, you should make sure that the place or unit for inspection is clean, dry, and free of any electrical hazards. 

How do you do this? The key is to anticipate the potential hazards or risks that can happen in your place and then plan a course of action to prevent such incidence from happening. If ever the risk is unavoidable, then having another contingency plan to mitigate the severity of accident is a necessity. 

Dealing with Electrical Hazards and Accidents

1. Hazard detection 

Conducting ocular inspection to look out for potential causes of electrical hazards is always the first step to ensure safety. During this phase, your contractor should be able to pinpoint all sources of potential hazards like infrastructures made from combustible materials, weak ceilings, or sources of water leaks.  

In some instances, installation of emergency warning system could also help premature detection of hazards. Some examples of these are gas or carbon detectors that automatically send off visual or audible sound signals once they detect dangerous levels of poisonous gases in the air. 

2. Hazard removal 

Once the sources of possible hazards are detected, the next step is to craft a detailed plan to address or remove those potential sources of risks. For offices and other commercial units, it is highly advisable to have the plan created or checked by licensed commercial electrical contractors in Brisbane to make sure that it adheres to relevant building codes and requirements. The plan will then be submitted to Australian authorities like Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) for review and approval. 

3. Damage limitation 

Despite removing or terminating all possible sources of risk, electrical accidents can still happen because of completely unperceivable factors. For instance, an employee may accidentally forget to unplug the microwave after heating his or her meal or a combustible chemical can accidentally spill on electrical wirings. Both situations are unforeseeable sources of electrical hazards that can invariably lead to fire break-out.  

That is why aside from hazard removal, commercial buildings and establishments are also required to have a damage mitigation plan in ready. Installation of automatic fire extinguishers and sprinklers are essential part of damage mitigation systems. Likewise, putting medical kits on accessible areas of the building is also one way to limit casualties caused by electrical accidents. 

Having a ready-made action plan can save lives and make a huge difference. Though it is better to prevent all sorts of accident from taking place, we cannot discount the fact that there are still indispensable sources of hazards present in all places. 

If you need help in securing your properties from electrical hazards, then contacting licensed industrial electricians from Azz Industries will be your best choice. They have extensive knowledge and experience on working out electrical problems for their clients across South East Queensland. Just dial 1300 AZZ IND (1300 299 463) to get in touch with their reliable and trustworthy electricians today!