In this blog post, we looked at three common settings where you should enlist a qualified electrician to perform a detailed electrical inspection. The three scenarios were:
- Before you buy property
- Before you lease a commercial space
- If you live in an old house
This week, we want to take a closer look at the commercial side of things. Regardless if you’re buying or leasing a space for a commercial purpose, an electrical inspection is a non-negotiable.
(You can read the other blog post here.)
The two most common electrical risks across any commercial property are:
- Contact with exposed parts, resulting in electric shock, burns, and injury
- Electrical faults that lead to electrical fires or explosions
What type of buildings require commercial electrical inspections?
Any type of building where business is conducted is at risk of electrical damage if inadequate care and maintenance is taken. A few examples are listed below…
A new stand-alone office or one that’s part of a commercial building requires an electrical inspection to identify potential wiring and electrical risks.
In a space where electricity is crucial (think computers, phones, chargers, printers, speakers, televisions, and more) electrical safety is imperative.
Food service and hospitality
The hospitality industry is huge. From cafes and restaurants to pubs, bars, and clubs, these high-traffic spaces must be safe for all patrons at all times.
Don’t be tempted to skimp on electrical safety, especially in commercial or heavy-duty kitchens.
Hotels, motels, hostels, and B&Bs fall under the industry of hospitality and, just like the food service industry, are responsible for the safety of employees and guests at all times.
Factories and hazardous areas
These areas can be high-risk so it’s imperative that the right safety precautions are taken. Periodic inspection including testing and tagging (see below) is crucial to maintain the safety of occupants at all times in these areas.
Briggs works with commercial real estate agents and property managers across Melbourne and particularly Bayside. We conduct comprehensive electrical inspections that highlight potential risks and most importantly we deliver advice on how to quickly remove these risks.
What do we look for during an electrical inspection?
Outdated or damaged wiring
When wiring is checked, we commonly look at three main factors: uncovered permanent wires, exposed wires, and damaged wires.
Any sort of damage to wiring increases the risk of an electrical fire in your property.
Electricity leaks or waste
Wiring problems like the ones described above can lead to appliances “leaking” more electricity than they actually require. This gradual loss of electricity can hike up your energy bills. Electricity leaks are usually caused by faulty wiring. Another reason why you should get your wires checked!
Halogen lamps are fast becoming the outdated version of lighting in both the home and office. Halogen lamps are high risk and should be replaced with the more cost-effective and energy efficient LED lights.
In a large space like a commercial office, it’s important that the risk of obsolete lighting (in terms of overheating and potential fire) is identified and removed.
Not only can power surges lead to more severe outcomes like electrical fires, they can also cause damage to a variety of electrical appliances. Surge protectors remove the risk of power surges to devices like computers, printers, telephone lines, and televisions.
Exit and emergency lighting
If you are an owner of a building or a building manager, you are likely responsible for the correct implementation and maintenance of exit and emergency lighting. These permanently illuminated lights are required due to building, health, and safety codes. Read more about exit and emergency lighting in this blog post.
Testing and tagging
The testing and tagging process is a core element of a complete commercial electrical inspection. During testing and tagging, equipment and appliances are checked firstly for visual damage before being subjected to electrical testing. Read more about the test and tag process here.
Commercial electrical inspection safety report
At the end of the inspection, we provide you with a clear and detailed report.
This official report highlights all the work done as well as a list of any defects and the appropriate and suggested solution. We can also provide you with an on-the-spot quote to remove these risks quickly from your commercial space.
Ready to organise your commercial electrical safety inspection? Contact Briggs Electrical today.