Alongside the development of technology and the digitisation of offices and workspaces, comes the implementation of more electrical devices. From laptops, computers and printers to coffee machines, toasters and heaters, these appliances are essential for the day to day functioning of modern businesses and commercial sites.
However, alongside all the good they do, there is also an element of risk. If not properly fitted, maintained and assessed, things can go wrong and fires can start.
Here is EK Fire Protection’s quick guide to electrical fires and their causes.
One of the most common culprits of electrical fires is the use of faulty plug sockets and old appliances. Worn cords, broken plugs and old fuses are among the many causes of fire in workspaces as they lead to the transfer of heat to nearby flammable surfaces such as rugs, carpets or blinds.
One of the best ways to protect yourself against electrical fires is to have your appliances PAT tested. By using a qualified specialist to test your appliances, you will not only improve the safety of your workplace, but you will also reduce the chances of legal risks and insurance costs.
Despite being a staple appliance in almost every office or workspace, if used incorrectly, extension leads can lead to serious fires. If overloaded or used improperly, extension leads can overheat and even melt away.
There are a few things to avoid when using extension leads, such as using them for extended periods of time or connecting too many appliances. Additionally, they should not be left coiled or tangled as this can cause overheating too. Don’t run leads under carpets or upholstery either as this can be hazardous.
Another frequent cause of electrical fires is light fittings and fixtures. They’re above our heads most of the time and can lead to a fire if not checked regularly. Common causes of fire include installing bulbs with the wrong wattage to a lamp or fixture or draping materials over the fittings.
If the maximum wattage of a light fitting is exceeded, it can cause sparks or overheating, in turn igniting nearby flammable materials.
Of course, the surest way to guarantee safety when using electrical appliances within an office or workspace is to use the services of professional fire protection experts. At EK Fire Protection, we’re experienced in conducting fire safety risk assessments for all kinds of businesses.
Our professional and friendly team can help employers to carry out their duty of care and minimise the chance of fire within their business.
What’s more, we can install, service and replace fire alarms and extinguishers for your business meaning you’ll always be prepared in the event of a fire.
If you have any questions or would like to book a risk assessment or visit for your business, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Call us now on 01304 210909 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.