As a facility manager, the goal of your maintenance plan will always be to prevent major problems. Sometimes, however, emergencies happen and the best you can do is try to mitigate the damage. In the event of an electrical emergency, there are a few things to keep in mind to manage it as safely and effectively as possible.
The first thing you should do in an electrical emergency is to shut off the main power source as quickly as possible. No maintenance can be done on the system if power is still flowing. All buildings have a breaker board, so shut off the main line if you are unable to determine the specific source of the problem. Doing this will prevent the risk of shock, fire, and related injuries to employees or customers.
If your emergency involves fire or injury, call 911 immediately. Never try to assist someone with a damp object, and never try to put out an electrical fire with water. Use a fire extinguisher, as it won’t spread the flames.
You should always have a plan in place to deal with electrical emergencies, but it’s preferable to prevent them. This can be done through a preventative maintenance plan, which MaintenX can help you develop and execute. For this and other emergency repairs to your electrical equipment or systems, please contact us any time!