Industrial and Commercial Electrical Safety Lessons from the Highlands Ranch Fire

An industrial worker works to check the electrical safety of machinery.Electrical safety saves lives. 

That seems like an obvious thing to write - basically, safety makes people safer. However, people continue not to practice electrical safety. Thus these people continue to experience the damaging, sometimes lethal impacts of their staff’s lack of safety. Commercial and industrial businesses need to provide training, emphasize the necessity of, and demand electrical safety at their sites for employees and managers.

Electrical safety is something we at Electric Blue Inc believe in strongly. There was a recent fire in the Colorado area resulting from an electrical issue that seems to show the importance of electrical safety. In this article, we will discuss this disaster and the steps you can take to protect your staff and location from an industrial or commercial electrical fire.

Douglas County Electrical Fire

At the end of June 2020, an electrical fire lit and burned for over a day. Five hours after the fire was reported it had spread to 461 acres. Residents and businesses were ordered to evacuate the area. Luckily the South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) stopped most of the fires before they spread into Skydance Drive and Spirit Rock Point subdivisions. The SMFR determined an electrical malfunction on a power pole was the cause of the fire. 

The Risk of Electrical Fires or Injuries from Industrial Work

Industrial work can be dangerous in general. One of the biggest causes for concern is electricity. Every year, thousands of injuries caused by electrical hazards were severe enough that employees had to miss work. Keep the following in mind when try to prevent electrical injuries at your workplace:

  • Look for electrical hazards before beginning work in an area. Make sure to label hazards.
  • Keep your equipment away from energy sources.
  • Make sure your ladders are non-conductive.
  • Watch out for hot outlets. 
  • Avoid nailing, stapling, or screwing cords to a wall or floor. 

Protect Your Industrial or Commercial Staff and Business with an Expert Partner

As we saw in Douglas County, electrical fires can and do happen. Electrical safety is an important and necessary part of protecting your employees and your business. Working with electrical experts, like those at Electric Blue Inc, can help prevent injuries before they occur. We can help you fix any specific issues or run through an electrical checklist to ensure your workplace safety is top-notch.

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