We receive questions all the time from clients on maintenance tips to help keep their building running efficiently and ways for them to help ensure the prevention of accidents such as fire and electrical problems.
Just as we share these tips with our clients, we are sharing it with you as well to help ensure that your building is safe for both yourself and anyone else living there.
Always add up your amps.
Most breakers are 20 amps which mean it is best for you to add up the amps being used for each electrical device you plug in and ensure that the total does not exceed 20 amps.
The amps used by each device can be found on the side or bottom of the device if not then check the owner’s manual.
Items such as space heaters and microwaves use around 14 amps each so if you have more than one of those items linked to a single breaker you will blow a fuse.
Fires can easily be avoided once you are following proper fire safety protocols.
One of the most important tips to follow is to be sure to check smoke detectors at least once a month and the batteries inside at least once per year.
If you have space heaters make sure they are at least 3 feet away from any flammable item.
Check your electrical cords as often as possible for frayed or cracked wires and replace if you find any.
Designate a safe area for anyone in the building to smoke at a safe distance from the building and ensure that there is nothing in that area that may be able to catch on fire as many smokers have the bad habit of discarding their lit cigarette butt on the ground.
Have your fire fighting equipment maintained and tested monthly to ensure if there ever is a need to use it it will all be working properly.