Because electricity is silent and invisible, electrical hazards that can lead to serious injury often go undetected. Hundreds of electrocutions occur every year. Many of these involve items you use every day. It is important to recognize hazards before they cause a serious injury, disability or fatality.
Are you at risk of being electrocuted?
Electrocution occurs when the body provides the most direct pathway for electrical current to reach the ground. If a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is installed in your building, electrocution can be prevented. A GFCI detects any change in electrical current and abruptly switches off the power before electrocution can occur. Not only are GFCIs a great way to protect you from potential electrocution, the Canadian Electrical Code requires GFCI protection for most outdoor receptacles, bathroom receptacle circuits, garage wall outlets, kitchen/break room receptacles, and ALL receptacles in crawl spaces and unfinished basements. Is your business protected with GFCIs?
Could an electrical fire take place in your business?
It is estimated that annually, over 165,000 fires are caused by faulty electrical wiring. Arcing faults are one of the major reasons these electrical fires are started. When an unwanted arc occurs, it generates high temperatures that often exceed 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This high-intensity heat may ignite surrounding material like wood or insulation, thus spreading fire quickly throughout your building.
An arcing fault is a dangerous electrical problem caused by damaged, overheated, or stressed wiring, cables, or appliances. An absence of AFCIs as one of the three primary hazards associated with burns and fire-related injuries.
When a business is installed with AFCIs, they continuously monitor electrical current flow and determine when there is unwanted arcing. Once unwanted arcing is detected, the AFCI trips the internal contacts and turns off the circuit, reducing the chances of an electrical fire.
What causes unwanted arc faults to occur?
– Pinched or pierced insulation on construction wires or cords
– Wires punctured by nails or screws when hanging things like pictures
– A chair leg sitting on an extension cord
– Cracked insulation on wire or cords from age, heat, chemical erosion or stress
– Overheated wires and cords
– Loose or improper connections
– Frayed or ruptured extension cords or appliance cords
– Electrical appliances that have damaged electrical parts
– Moisture or contaminants between conductors of different voltage
– Electrical wire insulation that has been chewed on by rodents
An AFCI can detect arc faults like these from normal current flow and stop the transfer of electricity to help prevent electrical fires.
Protect your most valuable assets…
We take the safety of you and your employees very seriously. Let our friendly service professionals install new arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) [link to glossary] and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) [link to glossary] to help prevent electrical hazards in your business today. Give Northern Electric a call to make an appointment that makes a difference! Get the protection you and your employees deserve.
At Northern Electric we take you and your employee’s safety seriously, and we want to make sure that your business is protected from electrical hazards.
Contact Northern Electric for an appointment today!