In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics of why electrical emergency preparedness is important, plus some of the possible signs of such emergencies. Knowing this information is vital for building owners and managers, not only for the safety of all occupants but also for long-term themes like building quality and value.
At Orange Electric, we’re proud to offer a wide range of emergency electrical services for commercial buildings, from emergency backup generator installation to several other emergency electrician solutions. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll dig into some of the specific electrical emergencies that might take place within a building, plus how you should respond to them in the safest and most prudent way possible – often involving assistance from our electricians or other emergency responders.
Specific Power Outage
One of the most common electrical events in both commercial and residential buildings is a power outage, and as many are aware, this sort of event often isn’t an emergency. There are several relatively common situations where power might go out temporarily for a given area, whether due to adverse weather of some kind or a problem with the local power supply, and it usually comes back on quickly enough.
In other cases, however, you may notice your building is experiencing a power outage while no neighboring buildings are impacted. In such cases, especially if the outage is prolonged and the reason for it is undetermined, this absolutely qualifies as an electrical emergency – the underlying cause of the outage could be a risk, for one, and long periods without power can also be concerning to several areas within a commercial building. In such cases, contact our electricians immediately.
Sparks or Fire
If any fire is taking place within your building, no matter the original cause, call 911 right away and take proper precautions. This may include evacuation of the building if the fire is large enough.
In other cases, you’ll notice minor sparks or smoke coming from outlets or other electrical areas. In such cases, call our emergency electricians immediately and follow all their directions while awaiting their arrival, which may include shutting off your building’s electrical breaker.
If any of the above events, or other electrical concerns, take place in a situation where you can visibly see exposed wires, this is a significant hazard. Proceed no further on your own, but rather call our electricians for assistance.
In any situation where water could come into contact with wires and the electrical system in any way, this is a significant and potentially dangerous emergency. An electrician should be called right away, and in cases where such contact could be very soon, 911 should be called as well.
For more on how to recognize and handle commercial electrical emergencies, or to learn about any of our electrical services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.