Seasonal Safety and Efficiency: A Checklist for Electrical and Mechanical Systems for Fall

With the changing of the seasons, property owners and facility managers should review their electrical and mechanical systems to ensure safety, efficiency, and proper functioning. Below is a checklist of items to review as the season changes from summer to fall.

  • Outdoor Lighting: With shorter days and longer nights, it’s important to check and maintain outdoor lighting systems. Replace any bulbs, clean fixtures, and ensure proper illumination for safety and security.
  • Electrical System Inspections: Schedule a comprehensive electrical system inspection by to identify any potential hazards or issues. This includes checking wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, and panels for damage, loose connections, or signs of wear.
  • HVAC System Maintenance: As the weather transitions to cooler temperatures, heating systems may be activated or undergo maintenance. Ensure that HVAC systems, including electric heaters, boilers, or heat pumps, are inspected, cleaned, and tested to ensure optimal performance and energy efficiency.
  • HVAC Electrical Connections: If your HVAC system relies on electric power, verify that all electrical connections, including wiring and controls, are secure and functioning correctly. Loose or damaged connections can cause system malfunctions or even electrical fires.
  • Electrical Panel Maintenance: Clear any debris or obstructions from electrical panels and ensure they are easily accessible. Check for signs of rust, moisture, or corrosion and have them addressed quickly.
  • Seasonal Decorations: Ensure that electrical outlets and extension cords used for seasonal lighting displays or other decorative items are in good condition and not overloaded.
  • Leaves and Debris: Keep outdoor areas clear of leaves, branches, and other debris that could accumulate and pose a fire hazard near electrical equipment or power lines.
  • Power Backup Systems: Fall weather can bring storms and power outages. Test and maintain any backup power systems, such as generators or uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units, to ensure they are in proper working order.
  • Emergency Lighting and Exit Signs: Check emergency lighting systems and exit signs to confirm they are operational, including testing backup batteries. Replace any faulty bulbs or batteries as necessary.

Remember, it’s important to consult with licensed professionals for comprehensive assessments and maintenance tasks related to electrical and mechanical systems in commercial buildings.