In the summer, facility managers and property owners should take certain steps to ensure the proper functioning and maintenance of their building’s electrical systems. Here are some important items to consider during the summer season:
- Inspect and clean electrical equipment: Regular inspection of electrical equipment, such as circuit breakers, transformers, and panels, is essential. Ensure that they are free of dust, dirt, and debris. Clean or replace air filters in electrical cabinets or control rooms to maintain proper ventilation.
- Check for overheating: Summer temperatures can increase the risk of overheating in electrical components. Monitor equipment for signs of overheating, such as hot spots, unusual odors, or discoloration. If any issues are detected, consult with a qualified electrician for repairs or upgrades.
- Verify electrical load capacity: With the potential for increased power consumption during summer months due to air conditioning systems and additional equipment, it is important to confirm that the electrical load capacity can handle the demand. Conduct load assessments to ensure the system can handle the anticipated load without overload or voltage fluctuations.
- Test emergency backup systems: Backup power systems, such as generators or uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), should be tested to ensure they are in good working condition. Perform load bank testing on generators and check the status of batteries in UPS units. Test the automatic transfer switches to ensure they function correctly during power outages.
- Inspect and maintain outdoor electrical systems: Outdoor electrical systems, including lighting, security systems, and power outlets, should be inspected for damage or wear. Replace any faulty or broken components, such as light bulbs, wiring, or receptacles. Trim vegetation around electrical equipment to prevent obstructions and maintain safety.
- Check for electrical system vulnerabilities: Summer storms and lightning strikes can pose risks to electrical systems. Review surge protection devices and lightning protection systems to ensure they are functioning properly. Inspect grounding systems and lightning rods for damage and corrosion.
- Review and update electrical safety procedures: Summertime often involves increased facility usage and visitor traffic. Review and update electrical safety procedures, including signage, lockout/tagout protocols, and emergency response plans. Ensure that staff members are trained on electrical safety and aware of potential hazards.
- Schedule preventive maintenance: Develop a preventive maintenance schedule for electrical systems, including routine inspections, equipment testing, and maintenance tasks. Regularly check and calibrate electrical monitoring and control systems to ensure accuracy and reliability.
Remember, it’s important to consult with qualified electricians for specific guidance and assistance with maintaining electrical systems in your facility.