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Written by Larry Cook

Electrical Safety Basics for a Commercial Building

As found by a study of the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), electrical fires are one of the five leading causes of fires in commercial buildings. In addition, fires that were started by electricity were responsible for more damage than other causes.

Business owners and commercial property owners should use education as a tool for protecting people and property. Imparting knowledge regarding best practices when electricity is being used is one of the most effective ways for improving electrical safety. An ongoing training program for employees or tenants can significantly reduce occurrences of electrical fires and save lives.

Safety Program

The initial step is to create and schedule an electrical safety program with the help of professionals. Regular training and mandatory guidelines should be required for every employee who works with or near electricity. The following are the most important topics that should be included in documentation provided to those participating.

  • Identification of safety hazards
  • The safe distance to keep from electrical conductors that are exposed
  • Proper practices for working in wet locations that contain electricity
  • Applicable OSHA rules for the workplace
  • OSHA penalties for noncompliance

Common Causes

Electrical fires in commercial buildings often arise from issues involving appliances and equipment. Other common causes involve light fixtures, light bulbs, lamps, as well as faulty wiring.

Proper Equipment Use and Maintenance

Employees involved with using electricity for their tasks should undergo an educational program that provides knowledge regarding the correct methods for utilizing and maintaining their equipment. This will help decrease the risk of an electrical fire in the workplace. Below are safety tips for commercial buildings.

  • Electrical cords and plugs require regular checkups and maintenance.
  • Electrical equipment, including computers, TVs, and microwaves, should be serviced only by professionals.
  • Equipment must only be unplugged by grasping and pulling the power plug, never by pulling the electrical cord.
  • Extension cord usage should only be temporary.
  • Never nail or staple extension cords onto walls or floors.
  • Retain an experienced and licensed electrician for testing connections and wiring at your commercial building.

Electrical Peace of Mind

Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs, including:

  • Commercial & Residential Electrical Installations
  • Marina & Residential Pier Wiring
  • Electrical Service & Repair
  • Specialty Electrical Services

For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.

electrician, residential, electrical services
Written by Larry Cook

Child Proof Electrical Outlets for Play Time Safety

Raising a family with children in your home will require taking a few extra steps for safety.  One of them is protecting young kids from the dangers of electrical outlets. Fortunately, this is quite simple with the help of a licensed electrician. Child-proof outlets can be quickly installed by an experienced electrician in most homes.

Child Injury Data

Data gathered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found more than 2,000 children a year received emergency room treatment due to electrical receptacle incidents. That is an average of seven kids daily. More than 70% of these incidents happened at home, and they usually resulted from sticking household items like keys, paper clips, nails, and hairpins into outlets. The injuries were typically first or second degree burns, but some were much more serious. 

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electrician, home and residential services
Written by Larry Cook

How Important is Electrical for a Kitchen Remodel? – Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1, a kitchen remodel, electrical design and installation can not only improve the quality of everyday usage, but it can also increase your home’s resale value. Part 2 will discuss Kitchen Lighting, Electrical Circuits, and Contractors.

Kitchen Lighting

An excellent layout of switches and electrical lighting circuits can significantly raise the functionality and pleasure of using a new kitchen. In addition, it can help reduce energy use as well. Creating work areas will help you determine a plan for switches and lighting. One idea is a handful of recessed lights illuminating a work island.  Another design idea is track lighting for a counter dining area. One notion is installing one light over the sink connected to a dimmer switch.

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Electrical services, electrician, Annapolis
Written by Larry Cook

Updating an Older Home’s Electrical System – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, the increasing number of appliances and devices often overload the electrical systems of older houses, condominiums, and apartment buildings. This can lead to several problems that could have been prevented by updating their electrical panel and wiring. Part 2 will cover Update Symptoms, Upgrade Benefits, and Electrical Fires.

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safety wirings,electrical services
Written by Larry Cook

Five Most Common Electrical Dangers at Home

Every holiday season typically brings more devices and appliances into your home. Nowadays, people are much more dependent on electricity to power both traditional and modern devices. Unfortunately, this generally increases electrical hazards. If you have an older home, your electrical needs in terms of the existing wiring may be over capacity and unsafe. An electrical safety inspection by a licensed electrical services company is a good idea to ensure the well-being of your family. The following are five common electrical dangers at home that you should keep in mind.

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safety wirings,electrical services
Written by Larry Cook

The Bubble Cover for Outdoor Outlet

Many homeowners are unaware that the National Electrical Code (NEC) now requires that outlet covers in wet locations be weatherproofed. In the NEC 2008, Section 406.8(A) and (B) require receptacles installed in damp or wet locations to be weather-resistant. Meeting a specification like this requires expertise, and this is where an experienced licensed electrician will come in handy.

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Written by Larry Cook

Ten Common Electrical Wiring Issues – Part 2

Last time, we discussed the first 5 of 10 common electrical wiring issues: Flickering Lights, Outlet Shortage, Overlamping, Exposed Junction Boxes, and GFCIs Absent.

As mentioned previously, older homes have a greater probability of hazardous electrical problems, and a thorough property inspection should be performed by a licensed electrician.

The following are the second 5 of 10 issues.

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Written by Larry Cook

Dangers of Overloaded Electrical Circuits

We derive many benefits from the use of electricity. Unfortunately, electricity can also endanger our lives. Annually, the U.S. averages 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries, and property damage amounting to $1.3 billion attributed to 51,000 home electrical fires. An overloaded electrical circuit is the most common occurrence, so we’ll focus on its prevention here.

Electrical Basics

A wire heats up when electricity flows through because of its resistance to the electrical current. Two factors determine the amount of heat a wire generates:

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Commercial ,Home,Electrician ,Annapolis, MD
Written by Larry Cook

Electrical Safety Inspections

Electrical safety inspections should take place for the following reasons:

  • When you are purchasing a new home,
  • When your home is 40 years or older to be sure the wiring is still safe,
  • When you add a new appliance to make sure it is compatible with your home wiring, and
  • When you have done a renovation to your home to be sure that the wiring meets local standards.

Any time you need to have an electrical inspection, it must be conducted by a licensed electrician.

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wiring, electrician, electrical services
Written by Larry Cook

New Home Wiring Safety Tips

When you need to add electrical wiring to your home, it’s best to leave this to a certified professional electrician. New wiring requires extreme caution and the proper tools and training.

When you begin to plan any type of   make sure to plan ahead, so that you know exactly where the outlets, switches, and fixtures are going to be placed before you begin. This also allows you to check that your electrical professionals have the appropriate tools and plenty of the needed materials.

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