The Dangers of Static, Surges, and Other Electrical Anomalies At Your Facility

Electrical repair work is something most commercial property owners steer clear from, and for good reason. It is one of the most dangerous lines of maintenance work out there and requires a depth of knowledge and skill to master. However, at MaintenX we want you to be prepared for all types of electrical issues. The more you know about the different causes of electrical shorts and power outages, the better you can handle these dangerous events. 


Below are three different types of electrical anomalies that you should understand and prepare for at your facility: 


Static shock

Most of us don’t think of static electricity as a danger on commercial property. Sure, it can do harmless things like making your hair stand on end or sting you when you touch a metal door, but usually, we don’t think of it as dangerous. However, commercial facilities are often much more risky areas than our homes. 


It isn’t just our car doors or balloons rubbed on our heads that create static electricity. It is created by an imbalance of electrical charges and can happen in commercial applications on a much larger scale. In rare instances, static shocks can cause injuries or put people with pacemakers at risk. If gasoline is present onsite, static electricity can even cause fires. However, the most common danger is the potential damage to your electronics. For this reason, it’s important to reduce potential triggers of static shock at your facility.


Power surge

Most of us have experienced a power surge at some point in our home or business. They can be caused by anything from a fallen power line to a lightning strike, or even an overworked outlet. However, like a static shock, this seemingly small danger can pose serious risks to your electronic system. 


Depending on the size of your facility, a power surge can compromise data storage, essential equipment, or essential workstations. It is rarely physically dangerous, but can quickly lead to a shutdown of areas of your facility if you’re not careful. To prevent power surges, be sure to schedule preventive electrical maintenance. The better care you take of your wiring and electrical systems, the less likely you are to face one of these debilitating events. 

Power outage

Power outages are less likely to cause immediate damage to your electrical system, but they can equally wreak havoc on your business operations. For some businesses, such as medical facilities and nursing homes, a power outage can be life-threatening. That is why MaintenX recommends investing in top-of-the-line backup power for all commercial spaces. 


For facilities that provide essential services, we recommend a UPS system to provide continual power in the event of an outage. However, smaller businesses should invest in a backup generator to provide the needed power for primary business functions. Even a small generator can help maintain a portion of your office space during an outage. Investing in these systems and planning preventative maintenance with us can help you keep your business afloat in uncertain times. 


MaintenX offers 24/7 electrical maintenance services for businesses across the country. Our team of electricians is there to help you in emergencies, as well as in preventative services to keep the emergencies at bay. To learn more about our electrician staff, contact your local MaintenX team today!

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