HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU HAVE YOUR COMMERCIAL ELECTRICS CHECKED AND TESTED?
Electrical safety is a priority in any business especially in Texas where they rank fifth in the country for the highest energy consumption grouped by state. Steps should be taken to ensure the safety of those in Lubbock workplaces and for customers of those businesses.
According to the National Electrical Code a yearly general inspection of wiring and other commercial electrics needs to be done by a licensed commercial electrician.
Although not specifically mentioned in the NEC, every one to five years, it is common practice for businesses in Texas to have their electrical components and systems thoroughly examined depending on the risk associated with the workplace. There are low, medium, and high risk workplaces.
The Importance of Checking Electricals
Business owners in Lubbock know that the importance of maintenance of their electrical equipment is one of the most important factors to their overall safety. For some business owners it’s a daunting task to work up the courage to call in an electrician for an inspection, but if there is an actual risk that can be identified during an inspection then it is a worthwhile endeavor.
The NEC states that “all critical power and safety protection systems should be reviewed and maintained according to the operator’s manual.”, which coincides with the common practice of Lubbock locals to check and test commercial electrics according to the risk associated with the workplace.
A failure to do so can cause serious harm to those in the workplace. Continued negligence of malfunctioning commercial electrics can lead to a number of undesirable outcomes including electrocution and even fires. If there is an issue with the wiring or equipment, it is best to have it checked by a professional and tested before allowing yourself and others to be exposed to the hazard.
How Often Should You Have Your Electrics and Electrical Wiring Checked?
The standard is a general testing and checking of your electrical repairs done annually and a second, more thorough inspection will be done according to the risk factors identified in the workplace.
For low risk workplaces, an examination done every five years is sufficient.
For places that are of medium risk to experience an electrical malfunction (i.e. Places for public entertainment or places used for industrial purposes), an examination every three years is recommended.
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Lastly, workplaces with the highest amount of risk are those exposed to the natural elements and receive the most amount of public use and foot traffic, it is strongly recommended for an examination to be done yearly.
Having a reliable electrical company like Lubbock Electrician Co. could make a big difference for your business. Taking the time to find the best company can make a big difference in the safety of your business and it could save you from possible fire and power loss. You don’t have to take your business risks. Lubbock Electrician Co. is ready to step up to the challenge.
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