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OSHA Fire Protection Guidelines for Commercial and Industrial Buildings

The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) establishes workplace safety standards for commercial and industrial buildings. Covering an array of safety concerns, OSHA standards apply to different workplaces in different ways, but OSHA fire protection standards apply to all workplaces that are regulated by the association. OSHA guidelines for fire protection are industry specific, but […]

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Backup Power Testing: What EPSS Components are you Required to Test?

Testing backup power supply systems is often discussed for generator tests. Testing them involves more than generator tests. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code 110, at least five elements in backup generator systems must be tested, inspected, and/or exercised at varying intervals: emergency power supply system (EPSS) components, lead-acid batteries, automatic transfer switches, […]

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Switchgear Maintenance Companies and Their Approach to Maintenance

Switchgear protects electrical equipment from high currents that could damage or destroy it. By extension, it also protects buildings and electrical technicians from arc flashes that result from un-extinguished arcs. There are three types of Switchgear: low voltage (less than one thousand volts), medium voltage (1,000-35,000 volts), and high voltage (>35,000 volts). In each case, […]

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Switchgear Power Systems and Arc Flashes: Frequently Asked Questions

An arc flash (a.k.a. arc fault) occurs when electrical current flows through the air between one phase bus bar and another, or between a phase bus bar and a neutral or ground. The severity of the arc depends on the voltage of the switchgear that releases it, and whether the gear is open or closed […]

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Emergency Generator Service Companies: What Services Do They Offer?

When a generator is responsible for supporting critical functions during a power outage, ensuring it receives proper service is a top priority. Companies that rely on emergency generators fall into different categories: some need them to support data storage, others need them to support medical equipment, and still others need them to support security systems. […]

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Emergency Generator Requirements: Professional Advice Helps You Make a Better Buying Decision

An emergency situation may occur at any time without warning making the reliability of your backup system very important. Generators are now a common secondary energy source among both business and industrial facilities. Purchase requirements greatly depend on the usage environment as well as what critical items will need continuous power. Hurricanes, fires, ice storms, […]

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Electrical Switchgear: Is Your System Receiving Suitable Care?

Electrical devices require testing and maintenance in order to continue working efficiently. Generator switchgear includes a number of components such as breakers and transfer switches used to direct current flow from an emergency system. A transfer switch detects an electrical failure and begins the automated starting of this particular backup system. Breakers are another form […]

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Switchgear Tests: An Important Part of Routine Maintenance

A switchgear problem can be devastating to the operation of your backup electrical source. Tests are often run during regular servicing to remedy developing problems among these necessary components. The damage incurred from a malfunction is costly and can be very hazardous to anyone in their general vicinity. Switchgear test procedures, system inspections, and a […]

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Emergency Electrical Power: Is Your System Ready for Operation?

Emergency generators serve as a lifeline for essential backup systems and processes within a building. They are designed to act as a secondary electrical source to alarm systems, lighting, computer systems, and specific factory equipment. Power is essential for your building to continue operating under the most extreme circumstances. Emergency electrical power is required legally […]

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Power Systems Testing: What Devices May Be Applied During This Process?

Power generation requires many components working together harmoniously to ensure dependability. Your system is a machine consisting of moving and stationary mechanical parts. Testing helps professional technicians determine any present malfunctions these components may be experiencing. Malfunctions can occur due to a faulty design, installation mistakes, worn down components, neglected maintenance, and multiple other factors. […]

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