Posts made in March, 2015

In Charge of Business Safety? What Issues Do You Need to Consider During Electrical Maintenance?

Safety is paramount whenever any work is conducted on electrical equipment. If electrical maintenance has to be carried out from time to time at your facility, what do you need to consider in order to maintain those high levels of safety at all time?

Personal Protection

The right type of personal protective equipment must be worn in order to mitigate risks.

  • This includes the use of face protection whenever working near to high current power, or where there is a risk of sparking.
  • A suitably rated, full-face shield has to be worn. Eyeglasses with metal frames are not permitted.
  • While leather work gloves may be used when dealing with deenergised electrical equipment, only gloves that are insulated to the highest possible voltage in question are generally accepted.
  • You must insist upon clothing that is made from non-synthetic and non-fusible material and that is flame resistant.
  • No clothing with any metal threads within can be permitted.
  • Steel, toecap boots are often found in work environments. It’s important to specify only nonconductive footwear.
  • Also, any harnesses and safety belts have to be inspected regularly, in particular when it comes to buckles, clips, webbing or hooks.

First Aid

Whenever workers are engaged in potentially risky electrical maintenance it’s a good idea to have a separate worker on standby, who is fully trained in first aid procedures. You must have a fully stocked first aid supply, which must be easily accessible. In the case of very high-risk activity then local government may require safety observers to be stationed, as well.

Tool Security

Pay close attention to tools, equipment or instruments used by electrical workers during maintenance procedures. Individual tools and instruments themselves must be adequately maintained and must always be used only for the purpose they were designed. Tools should always be restrained whenever working at a height in their proper place. Tool belts and baskets are ideal, but lanyards may be used around the wrist to mitigate the risk.

Ideally, ladders used to access equipment in question should only be made from nonconductive materials. Care should be taken when erecting ladders and scaffolding to avoid touching energised equipment or lines.

If practical, ladders should always be restrained, especially in outdoor conditions. It’s a good idea for two or more people to carry any ladders especially in the vicinity of switching equipment. The ladder should be carried in a position below shoulder height for maximum safety.

Finally, it is recommended that scaffolding made from a conductive material should be bonded to an earthing system before any work commences.

Talk to resources like All Electrical Work for tips on how to ensure that the job goes smoothly.

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Bolster Your Home Security System with These 5 Tips

An electronic security system can safeguard your home. If you have a monitored system, it can alert authorities when criminals break into your home, and if you have security cameras, they can record proof of the incident. However, security systems do not offer foolproof protection of your home. Ideally, you should bolster your security system with a few old fashioned security methods. Here are five you may want to try:

1. Strengthen your door frames

A security system sounds if your home is breached, but ideally, you don’t want it to even have to go off. Ideally, to keep thieves outside, look at how well your entries are secured.

Don’t just look at your locks. Look at the quality of the doors and the quality of the door frames. If you have a hollow core door, anyone can punch a hole in it and reach around the other side to unlock the door knob.

Similarly, if you have a wood door frame, a strong thief may be able to push the door open and rip the deadbolt through the frame. Because of that, you need to invest in thick doors and get rid of your weak wood door frame in favour of a sturdy metal one.

2. Put security film on your glass doors and windows

When buying a security system, look for ones that can sense glass breakage. That way if a thief breaks a window to access your home, the system will be triggered.

However, also make some efforts to ensure your windows are less breakable and buy security film that makes it harder to break glass.

3. Light it up

Use motion lights and other lights to keep the area around your home bright. Thieves don’t want to be seen, and if you ensure no one can skulk around the shadows of your home in the evening, the thieves may be deterred.

4. Get a fake dog

Criminals tend to break into homes when the owners are at work and the kids are at school. In most cases, they don’t want to meet dogs during their burglary attempt. Even if you don’t want to get a real guard dog, deter thieves with a fake dog.

Hang a “beware of dog” sign, or just put a dog leash or a water bowl on your front porch. Creating the suggestion of a dog is not that expensive, and it could help to protect you.

5. Meet the neighbours

In the age of online living, it may seem old fashioned to meet your neighbours, but from security perspective, it is essential. Get to know your neighbours. If they know when to expect you and your family members coming and going, they will be more likely to notice unusual activity around your home outside of those expected times.

For more tips and suggestions, contact security experts such as Border Locksmiths.

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Understand the Common Process for Obtaining Building Permits

The process of obtaining building permits will vary from city to city and is different for each state as well, but usually there are some standard steps to be expected no matter your city or location. Understand all these steps so you can ensure you follow them carefully or at least know where to start to obtain the permits you need for building.

1. Verify if a permit is needed

Small renovations may not require a permit, or a contractor may get the permits required. You can usually check with your local city or county and explain the scope of the project to find out if a building permit is needed in the first place.

2. Submit plans

If a permit is required, you then typically need to file plans with your city or county. These plans may include a blueprint or drawing with floor plans, along with notations of surrounding structures and streets as well as elevations of the building and setback from roads and sidewalks. For commercial buildings, measurements of a parking lot, along with a description of signage and other markings must be included.

These plans are typically required to include details about the materials to be used for construction or renovation, and details about signage outside a commercial building including the size of lettering and lighting source. For a parking lot or home driveway, the material used for paving must be noted.

3. Obtain water and power assessments

If your construction or renovation project involves any changes to the water or power supplies, these assessments must be obtained. The city water and power companies must assess your plans and note if these are compliant to city codes. Connections to water and power supplies must be assessed and approved of before work begins as well.

4. Conduct inspections

Even after submitting plans to your city or county, typically an inspection needs to be conducted. This is often done before permits are released, and may also need to be done once construction starts. It’s vital that you understand that these inspections are part of the process as you must ensure that your submitted plans are accurate, as they are often checked against materials you have on hand.

Understanding these common steps of obtaining approvals or permits for building and renovating should help you to follow the process more readily. Be sure to ask contractors such as Thomas Independent Certification for assistance in obtaining permits if necessary, as they may be able to handle the entire process for you.

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Reminders for Any Renovation

If you've decided to undertake a project around your house, there are a few things to remember. First, make sure to have a good idea of the cost going in. Talk to local specialists for estimates or do research on the cost of supplies and labor. Second, always make sure to take necessary safety precautions. While a landscape project may seem like a lower-risk task than a rewiring job, it never hurts to be too careful. Finally, don't bite off more than you can chew. Plan out your renovation and repair projects in detail and then tackle one thing at a time. If you ever feel out of your element, hand the job over to a contractor. They'll know how to get the job done efficiently, safely, and correctly.


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