May is National Electrical Safety Month

Protect Your Business from Electrical Hazards

May is National Electrical Safety Month, and businesses must ensure their electrical systems are safe and secure. Investing in commercial fire and security alarm solutions is more important than ever, from preventing electrical fires to protecting customers and employees from electrical hazards. 

As a trusted commercial security and fire alarm supplier in Central Alabama, Prestige Alarm offers innovative solutions, state-of-the-art security products, and individualized rapid response service that businesses can rely on. With a focus on empowering properties with the latest fire alarm and security technology, Prestige Alarm can design a system that fits within your budget and optimizes the safety and security of your property. Schedule a free fire alarm consultation today to learn how we can help protect your business!

Did You Know?

Electrical Fire Statistics

Did you know that 69% of all electrical fatalities involve non-electrical occupations? This highlights the importance of electrical safety for everyone in the workplace, regardless of their job role. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), five sources account for a staggering 92% of all electrical fatalities. These sources include overhead power lines, unexpected contact with electricity, working on energized parts, ground faults, and damaged wiring. Understanding and mitigating these risks is essential to ensure the safety of employees and prevent tragic accidents. By being aware of these statistics and implementing proper safety measures, businesses can create a safer working environment for everyone involved.

Signs of an Electrical Fire

Burning Smell
Hot Surfaces
Frayed or Melted Cords
Loose or Damaged Outlets

Commercial Electrical Fires are Preventable

Check Electrical Cords

When it comes to fire prevention in commercial buildings, regularly checking electrical cords is essential. Keep an eye out for signs of frayed or cracked cords, as these can pose significant fire hazards. 

Keep Electrical Items Far From Water & Flammable Materials

It’s important to keep electrical items away from water and flammable materials such as paper, fabric, and gasoline. Installing ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) on outlets near water sources adds an extra layer of protection. It is crucial never to use electrical appliances or tools close to water or with wet hands as this increases the risk of electrical accidents and fires.

Only Use One High-Wattage Appliance Per Outlet

To minimize the risk of overloading circuits and potential fires, it is advisable to use only one high-wattage appliance or tool per outlet. Overloading an outlet with multiple high-wattage devices can cause overheating and lead to fire hazards. By avoiding overloading, you can ensure the safe and efficient operation of electrical appliances and tools.

Don’t Overload a Circuit

Preventing circuit overloads is crucial in fire prevention. One effective measure is to use power strips or surge protectors. These devices can help distribute the electrical load across multiple outlets, reducing the risk of overheating and electrical fires. By utilizing power strips or surge protectors, you can safely and effectively manage the electrical demands in commercial spaces.

Leave Electrical Work to Professionals

When it comes to electrical work, it is best to leave it to the professionals. Hiring a qualified electrician for any electrical contracting ensures the work is carried out correctly and up to code. Electricians also conduct inspections to identify potential hazards and make necessary repairs or modifications, reducing the risk of electrical fires. By entrusting electrical work to professionals, you can maintain a safe and compliant electrical system in your commercial building.

Have Fire Alarm & Emergency Systems in Place

In the event of an electrical fire, it’s crucial to have the best systems in place to mitigate property and life loss. In conjunction with Alabama’s fire codes and regulations, Prestige Alarm offers compliant fire alarms and emergency response systems as part of our comprehensive life safety solutions. By utilizing the industry-leading Gamewell-FCI technology and backed by a NICET-certified team, we ensure the installation of top-quality fire alarms. 

Notably, we can install the innovative E3 Series® Expandable Emergency Evacuation System by Honeywell Gamewell-FC, which safeguards properties by efficiently communicating emergency messages via various channels. In the event of smoke detection, the system promptly alerts building occupants while simultaneously dispatching the nearest emergency personnel through a central monitoring station, reinforcing the safety and security of commercial properties.

Protect Your Business With Prestige Alarm’s Expertise

As May, Electrical Safety Month, continues, now is the perfect time to inspect or reevaluate your business for electrical safety upgrades. Take advantage of this month’s focus on electrical safety to conduct a thorough assessment of your property. Ensure that your fire prevention strategies are up-to-date and your emergency response systems are in optimal condition.

 By partnering with Prestige Alarm, a trusted provider of compliant fire alarms and life safety systems, you can enhance the safety and security of your commercial space. Don’t wait —take action now to prioritize the electrical safety of your business. Contact Prestige Alarm today to schedule a consultation.