4 Basic Electrical Tips for Commercial Buildings

Apr 14, 2021
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Managing your own commercial building is tough work. There are far too many things for a single person to manage, but that’s probably why we have specialists come in to examine the premises every now and then. Still, even with their help, it’s a good idea to learn a little more about how the electrical system in your commercial building works.

After all, you can’t rely on an electrician for everything and there may be times where flipping a breaker is all that’s needed to fix something. Not only does this save you a lot of time and money, but it’ll also save you from a slightly embarrassing situation.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at four basic electrical tips for commercial buildings that anyone can (and should) learn.


If something looks damaged, you probably shouldn’t touch it


If something in your commercial building looks damaged, there’s a good chance it probably is. A few examples of this include discolored power outlets, flickering lights, sparks, frayed cables, and potentially even burning smells. These are all very concerning situations that should force your survival instincts to kick in.

Poorly-managed electrical outlets and appliances are a danger to everyone. Taking care of these problems as soon as possible will ensure that you don’t end up hurting yourself (or someone else for that matter) and will help you avoid nasty lawsuits where your tenants or employees sue you for negligence.

But it’s generally considered a good idea to fix anything before you decide to inhabit a commercial building. Whether you’re about to move into a new business location or you’re renting a building out, take some time to examine all of the outlets and lights to ensure that everything is working correctly. This can save you a lot of time in the future and will give you peace of mind knowing that the building is wired correctly and won’t randomly spark a fire.



Unless you’re a trained electrician, don’t try to fix anything yourself


It doesn’t matter how easy you think a repair job looks–you’re probably going to break it. Be it a light fixture, laptop, smartphone, or even the security system in your commercial property, you should always consult an expert and have them fix something that’s broken. If you try to fix it yourself, you’re just going to end up wasting time and potentially breaking it.

Don’t treat a commercial building like your house. In other words, don’t turn a broken appliance into a weekend DIY project. If something is broken, get it fixed as soon as possible. It saves time and money in the long run and ensures that the business can continue running.


Keep your stuff in good condition and maintain it properly


Commercial buildings are filled with all kinds of appliances. If you’re the owner of a business then you probably know most of them. Perhaps you’ve installed an air conditioning system, maybe you have a water heater, or you might even have a few dozen computers. With so many electrical appliances in a single place, it really makes sense to ensure that they’re actually looked after.

Any electrical device could be a potential hazard. Even Batteries could explode and start a fire, faulty electrical wiring could short something, and old power cords may switch things off randomly. To avoid this, take better care of your appliances and electronics! It’s a really simple way to ensure that you don’t have to replace equipment because you touched it the wrong way, and it’s also a fairly good way to avoid starting a fire.


Cable management is about more than just looking nice


If you’re like most businesses that use electrical appliances and computers, you’ll probably end up with a mass of cables tangled on your floor. It could be from power cables, USB cables, or monitor cables. Whatever the case is, you probably have a load of cables just lying around and getting in the way.

If this is the case, then you should really tidy it up before someone trips over and has an accident. Cable management costs a bit of time (and in some cases a bit of money if you need to buy organizing equipment) but it makes the commercial building look a lot nicer from the inside. It also makes it more convenient for everyone inside and can even reduce the chances of an electrical fire.


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