Each year, the number of devices, machines and appliances the average business uses every day grows, and this increases dependence on electrical systems. Just a single day of interruption with a loss of power may cause severe damage to the company's profits and may even cause danger to patients in health care facilities that rely on uninterrupted power supplies to provide services.
Working with TEGG-certified electricians and technicians helps ensure that a health care facility's assets, patients and employees are protected by a regularly serviced electrical system. Electricity isn't just for powering the lights, and health care facilities cannot function without a strong electrical system that's not overburdened or weakened by age.
Stressed Electrical Systems and Fire
A random power surge might not sound as if it would cause problems, but a system without adequate protection could cause havoc in a clinic or hospital. Loss of data and the inability to power necessary machines are only a few problems that may be joined by fire, injury and even death.
The National Fire Protection Association suggests that electrical problems annually cause tens of thousands of fires in homes around the U.S., and that's just in residential homes. Large clinics and health care facilities demand even more of their electrical systems and depend on consistent availability of electricity to provide safe services.
Cost Goes Beyond Safety
The most important reason for regular maintenance of electrical services is the potential danger to human life that broken systems could cause. However, TEGG cites several other problems that might be caused by a lack of electrical preventative maintenance:
Immense utility costs
Investment value loss
Unexpected equipment failure
Unexpected power surges
In addition to the regular inspection of vital equipment, health care facilities that operate in older buildings should also be aware of electrical wiring dangers that may develop over decades. One of the biggest contributors to electrical system failure is an old system that doesn't have the appropriate capacity to handle a modern level of machinery. It's not uncommon for old buildings to have wiring that's 50 or even 60 years old.
Developing Electrical Preventative Maintenance Schedules
The development of an energy management system with preventative maintenance requires special knowledge of the electrical equipment used in a facility and how long it can go before it might break down or require maintenance. Every device used in a facility will have a maintenance schedule that depends on three factors:
Age of the device
Importance to the facility
For example, if a device is absolutely central to a facility's operations, recommendations often suggest a quarterly inspection of older equipment while new equipment might require inspection at least every 9 months. Alternatively, equipment that isn't vital to operations and which is brand new might not need to be inspected for more than 2 years while older equipment that won't impact facility operations in a major way could get by with a yearly inspection.
A TEGG-certified electrician can figure out the manufacturer's recommendations for each device and create an inspection schedule based on industry standards by groups like the International Electrical Testing Association. At the bare minimum, most health care facilities will need to investigate a yearly maintenance cycle. However, circumstances may require a schedule with more frequent visits.