May is National Electrical Safety Month. Wiley|Wilson joins with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) in this annual effort to reduce electrical-related deaths, injuries, and damages. The 2019 campaign focuses on electrical safety and natural disasters.
“Disruptions to a business’ power can pose a significant safety risk, which is a primary concern when a natural disaster strikes,” said Steve Bowman, Senior Vice President and Energy & MEP Group Leader. “Being prepared, having a backup energy source, and knowing how to respond after a storm can help minimize the damage.”
ESFI offers several tips for businesses to consider to help them plan for natural disasters, including having specific shutdown and start-up procedures for electrical systems, equipment, and HVAC systems. Additionally, any equipment that was exposed to water should be inspected by a professional.
“From a bigger picture perspective, businesses would do well to consider investing in backup power systems that support their continuity of operations,” Steve added. “Microgrids, for example, can give organizations increased resiliency if there’s an outage. It makes good business sense and it works to prevent the kind of emergencies that might create safety hazards.” (For an example of this type of electrical distribution system, read about our design work at the VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC.)
The Electrical Safety Foundation International sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to increase public awareness of the electrical hazards around us at home, work, school, and play. ESFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety.