Electrical installations and fixtures are present everywhere on any construction site and if not maintained properly, they can be potentially hazardous and pose fire risks.
All electrical installations on the worksite must be installed, inspected and maintained by professional personnel. All installations must meet the stipulated safety standards and guidelines. No alterations or ad hoc additions must be done to existing electrical installations by inexperienced personnel.
Electrical Fire Risks That Can Be Avoided
You must not use flat twin and earth cables as extension leads. Make use of the appropriate flexible cable. Do not overload the electrical sockets on a construction site as this can pose big risks which are not worth taking. Avoid laying cables near any combustible material and also in ceiling and roof voids.
Ensure that there is no garbage accumulation near distribution boards. This usually happens when electrical installations are situated in quiet parts of the construction site.
All electrical control panels should be freely accessible. There should be no materials or equipment stored in front of the panels that can slow down the procedure of switching off the power in case there is an emergency.
You must ensure that all cables on the worksite are in good condition and are not damaged. Makeshift cable joints must not be used, especially without proper connectors. Halogen lamps should not be covered using broken glass covers or glass that is not heat-resistant.
Any electrical problem should be reported immediately and checked by a qualified electrician. Faulty electrical equipment and wiring can cause fires. However, you should not attempt to repair any faults by yourself. Get a qualified technician to check and repair any faults.
Making use of proper electrical safety devices like RCDs or residual current devices can help to reduce the risk of fires due to electrical faults. Nevertheless, all electrical installations and systems must be properly designed and checked regularly to make sure that they are safe and not damaged or deteriorated.
Electrical systems should also be checked before making any additions, extensions or modifications to them. All construction sites, especially the larger ones must have regular electrical check-up and maintenance routines.
All electrical equipment installed on the construction site must meet the specified standards. Apart from this, the construction site should be equipped with a robust fire protection system that can safeguard your workers and your assets from any damage due to a fire. To this end, Cygnus’ high-quality range of fire alarms and fire protection systems can assure you of the safety of your worksite. Cygnus products are redefining the way businesses guarantee the safety of their workplace.