Signs and Actions for Commercial Electrical Emergencies, Part 2

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.

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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.

Exposed Wires

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.

Water Contact

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.

Signs and Actions for Commercial Electrical Emergencies, Part 1

Both within residential and commercial buildings, being prepared in case of an electrical emergency is a vital task for building owners or managers. While such emergencies are rare, especially for structures with proper electrical servicing and maintenance, they can still take place in certain situations and you’ll be at far higher risk if you haven’t readied yourself and the structure.

At Orange Electric, we’re here to provide a variety of commercial electrician services, including emergency solutions ranging from emergency backup generator installation to several other emergency preparedness areas. Why is electrical emergency preparedness important, and what are some of the common signs that such an emergency might be taking place? In this two-part blog, we’ll go over all these areas plus dig into several common electrical emergencies and what you should do if you’ve confirmed they’re taking place.

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Importance of Emergency Preparedness

Emergency preparedness within the electrical realm is important first and foremost for safety reasons. Commercial buildings often house numerous people at once, and electrical emergencies that have not been prepared for could put numerous individuals at risk.

However, being prepared for an electrical emergency has value beyond this primary area as well. A building that has proper emergency preparedness solutions in place will be at far lower risk of injury or property damage, for one, which limits liability concerns for building owners. In addition, emergency preparedness and awareness often includes minor areas of upkeep or maintenance that allow you to prevent minor issues from growing into larger ones over time.

Common Signs of Electrical Emergency

One of the top areas when it comes to electrical emergency preparedness: Understanding the potential signs of an emergency and when you should take further action. Such signs may include:

  • Heat from panels: If you try to turn on a light and notice the panel is hot to the touch, this is an early sign of a potential problem. It could mean a variety of wiring issues taking place, including those that could pose fire risks.
  • Burning smell: A burning odor from any electrical area, whether it’s a wall or outlet, cord, appliance or any other, is also a sign of a potential emergency. Unplug devices immediately and make sure everyone present in the structure is aware of the potential hazard while awaiting service from our pros.
  • Power outage: In many cases, a power outage can be explained in a way that does not signal an emergency. However, there are some others where such an explanation is not readily available – in this case, be very careful and contact our team of electricians before taking further action.
  • Carbon monoxide: Another potentially dangerous electrical-related emergency is carbon monoxide poisoning, which you may not notice until people in the building have physical symptoms like dizziness, headaches, shortness of breath and blurred vision. This is why all homes and buildings must have carbon monoxide detectors that are checked regularly for battery life.

For more on signs of a potential electrical emergency, or to learn about any of our commercial electrical services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.