Every business depends on electricity in some way, shape or form. That’s why it’s important that you not only have the systems in place to protect your facility – but that your employees know what to do in the event of an electrical fire.
What causes electrical fires
Electrical fires can be caused by a number of things – but to learn as much as you can – we suggest that you take a walk through your building with your fire inspector or insurance agent the next time they’re there. They’re specifically trained to help both locate and diagnose potential issues.
Some common problem areas can include:
- Smokey electrical switches, outlets and sockets
- Flickering lights
- Breakers that consistently trip
- Electrical wiring and cables that are worn
- Outlets that are worn or damaged in areas that contain water – such as kitchens and bathrooms
Once your inspector has gone through the building, it’ll be time to call in a professional electrician to come and help you find and fix any issues that you have that may present a real, legitimate threat to those inside your building.
What you should do
So let’s say you do fall victim to an electrical fire. What do you do?
The most important thing to remember is to not use water to put out an electrical fire. The reason for this is that water can act as a conductor and using it on wires can expose you or others to being electrocuted.
What you should do before doing anything is to find the source of electricity in your building immediately and shut it off in the area where the fire exists or to be even safer – the entire building.
Next, you’ll want to make sure you have what’s called a Class ‘C’ fire extinguisher on hand in your building. Class C extinguishers are meant and designed to specifically fight electrical fires. In the event that circuit boxes and extinguishers are inaccessible due to a fire spreading – then it’s simply time to evacuate the building entirely. It’s out of your control.
Once everyone is out of the building and accounted for – then you call 911 for fire and police. Making sure people are out of the building safely is priority #1. Once the firefighters are there, let them do what they need to do.
If you need smoke detectors, specific kinds of fire extinguishers or system installation, Florida Fire Service has you covered. Give us a call today and we’ll be happy to do a walkthrough with you and help you get ahead of potential electrical fires before they become an issue. Good luck!