Common Electrical Hazards

Common Electrical Hazards

Electrical hazard

Whether you are a corporation, manufacturing, commercial, or industrial facility, properly installed and maintained electrical systems and machinery are essential to the safety of your property. With proper care and guidance, you can always keep minor electrical problems from ballooning into large-scale electrical hazards. Below are some of the more common electrical hazards you may encounter and some tips for avoiding them.

Like Oil, Wires & Water Do Not Mix

The last thing you want is for a shoddy electrician to place your electrical machinery far too close to water sources. As we all know, electricity and water make for a very dangerous combination that can destroy your machinery and put your entire facility at risk of electrical fires or explosions. Make sure to keep water and other liquids as far from your machinery and computers as possible to avoid a disaster. 

Faulty Wiring

We know how old buildings and machines can have their quirks, and wiring problems are a common issue for many. There can be times where old wiring can be dangerous because of its potential to break down and cause an electrical fire. To ensure the continued safety of your commercial building or industrial facility, we recommend having your wiring inspected on a regular basis. If it is too old to safely provide electricity, our electricians provide professional rewiring services guaranteed to help your facility run more smoothly. 

Too Many Plugs In The Outlet

While you can get outlet extenders to connect all your devices into one outlet, that does not mean you should. We often see people overloading their outlets by plugging far too many appliances into a single outlet. Adequately installed outlets can handle several devices, but not too many. Overloading outlets can result in electrocution, fires, and other dangerous situations. If you call one of our professional electricians, we can determine the electrical load of your outlets to ensure they are equipped to handle your electrical needs. 

Not All Lightbulbs Are The Same

Installing an improperly rated lightbulb into a light fixture can cause the bulb to create odd humming sounds and even break. If your lightbulb can screw into the light fixture, that does not necessarily mean your bulb is the best fit for your system. Always make sure to check the required wattage of your fixture before installing a lightbulb to prevent bulb damage. 

Additional Hazards to Look Out For

Additional hazards to be on the lookout for include:

  • Exposed wires 
  • Frayed or chewed wires 
  • Damaged or worn wire insulation
  • Buzzing or scorched outlets 

If your electrical systems and machinery are not quite up to snuff, make sure to reach out to Southwest Industrial Electric. As the most trusted and experienced industrial and commercial electrical contractor, no problem is too big or too small for us to take on. We are known for consistently delivering dependable solutions and lasting results for all of our customers' electrical problems. 

 Call us today at (323) 215-1273, and our pros can help resolve all your electrical problems and restore safety to your property in no time at all. 

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