Preventing electrical hazards is not only about protecting the property, it also helps keep guests and employees safe.
Here are six measures hotels can take to eliminate potential electrical hazards.
How to Prevent Hotel Electrical Hazards
1. Regularly Inspect and Test Electrical Equipment
Preparing a schedule for routine inspections and safety tests ensures the system and components are functioning optimally. It also alerts you to any potential electrical hazards.
The inspections and tests should be performed by a qualified electrician. Between inspections, assign competent team members the task of keeping the equipment in good working order. It includes checking wiring and cables for any signs of wear and tear.
2. Stick with a Maintenance Schedule
Electrical equipment and systems can run without maintenance for a few months, but you might be putting hotel guests and staff at risk. Circuits can overload, cords wear out, and the internal wiring can become faulty.
Assigning a senior team member the job of scheduling and tracking maintenance procedures will help prevent electrical hazards.
3. Work with Professional Contractors and Electricians
It’s not uncommon for hotels to file insurance claims citing faulty electrical work. You can avoid potential issues by hiring qualified and certified professional contractors and electricians. Along with comparing prices, always check for experience. You don’t want your hotel relying on cheap or faulty electrical work.
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4. Use Quality Materials
The quality of the materials used affects the integrity of the entire hotel. Instead of choosing the cheapest and most convenient materials, always look for quality. It’s a good idea to get advice from an electrician or electrical engineer. Electrical equipment suppliers can also recommend quality materials for your hotel’s electrical system.
5. Educate and Train Staff Members
All team members should receive training regarding electrical safety. The training should educate staff members on potential electrical hazards and the steps they need to take to prevent problems.
Some of the takeaways include employees knowing how to safely work around electrical equipment. Proper maintenance procedures, including locating circuit breakers and damaged electrical cords.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can provide guidance.
6. Regularly Inspect and Test Smoke Detectors and Fire Extinguishers
All hotels must have working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in specific locations. It’s the law and fines are expensive. A monthly maintenance schedule will help ensure the smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are functioning properly.
Stay Safe with Action Services Group
Hotel owners and managers can easily prevent electrical hazards by following simple practices that include regular inspections. Knowledge and training are also key, along with hiring qualified and experienced electricians as needed.
If you have questions about your current maintenance plan or need guidance creating one, contact us today to see how we can help you prevent electrical hazards at your hotel. To talk to one of our Electrical Service professionals call us at 610-558-9773, email [email protected], or schedule a call that fits your needs by clicking the button below.