Remember that episode in The Office where Dwight decides to conduct a fire drill at the Dunder Mifflin premises? The whole idea is to help prepare the employees in case there’s an actual fire at the office.
While it’s good to be prepared, it’s even better to take the right measures to prevent those incidents. You know what they say, prevention is better than cure (in this case, a preventable fire accident).
Here’s how you can protect your commercial or industrial building from electrical fires.
Stay Informed about NFPA Code Updates
The National Fire Protection Association has issued the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70 code) which is adopted in all US states and is considered to be the benchmark for electrical safety. It’s implemented in electrical design, installation, as well as inspection, and is used to prevent electrical accidents.
It’s imperative that you stay up to date with the guidelines and standards set by the NFPA. The National Electrical Code is usually updated every three years, implementing new technology and discarding obsolete practices. Adhering to the latest code guidelines will help you protect your building from fire accidents and related hazards, and will also enable you to be in compliance with your local jurisdiction.
Make sure the electrical systems in your building are as per the NFPA 70E, which defines the standard for electrical safety workplaces.
Create Fire Safety Awareness
No, we don’t mean you take the Dwight Schrute route for creating fire safety awareness. However, you do need to take some awareness measures in your organization or industrial plant.
Take the time to educate yourself and your employees on fire safety. Have a professional commercial or industrial electrician come in for a talk on the subject, and discuss ways you can make your building fireproof. Also make sure your commercial building has an operational escape route and enough outlets to let out smoke in case of fire.
Inspect & Repair Electrical Wiring
Finally, pay attention to faulty wiring. Your building’s electrical systems should be in excellent condition to prevent electrical fires. This means you need to proactively inspect your building’s electrical wiring, sockets, and cords to ensure that the equipment is performing the way it’s supposed to.
Always hire an electrician for these inspections. It’s best to conduct routine electrical inspections so that you’re better prepared in case of an electrical system replacement, and don’t continue using damaged wiring that can threaten the safety of your workplace.