Why Preventive Maintenance Is More Important Than Ever
Electrical-related fires are occurring more often and causing more severe losses.
Like the country's aging and overburdened electrical infrastructure, buildings and electrical systems are aging and may not be designed to handle the load most businesses need as they add more equipment.
Inadequately maintained electrical systems also are a leading cause of business interruption, poor energy efficiency, equipment wear-out and breakdown – all costly problems.
An effective electrical preventive maintenance program can reduce your risk of an unscheduled outage by as much as 66% according to statistics from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
What You Can Do To Keep Your Electrical System Safe
Focus your electrical preventive maintenance program on the most common and frequent problems leading to electrical fires and equipment failure. That includes inspection and preventive measures to ensure electrical apparatus is kept clean, cool, dry and tight.
Keep it Clean
Keep it Cool
Keep it Dry
Keep it Tight
Where To Begin With A Maintenance Program
The first step in conducting electrical equipment maintenance is following applicable jurisdictional code requirements and specific manufacturers' recommendations.
Regular and routine maintenance is extremely important. Preventive maintenance should be performed at least every three years or more often when conditions warrant.
Please remember, it takes qualified and competent maintenance personnel to properly, safely and effectively maintain electrical equipment.
Electrical system maintenance increases safety and decreases losses. Reduce your risk of fire, equipment breakdown, business interruption, equipment inefficiency and premature wear-out with a preventive maintenance program.
For further reading
HSB Recommended Practice for Electrical System Problems; Document no. 333.
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