How Much Do You Really Know About Electrical Fires?

Every business depends on electricity which is why it’s important to include your electrical systems any time your building’s fire detection and suppression systems are being inspected. Walk through with a professional inspector like your local electrician or even an insurance representative. They can help you discover and diagnose potential hazards.


Here’s what to look out for:


  • Smoke on electrical outlets
  • Flickering lights
  • Fuses that needs to be replaced constantly due to overload
  • Damaged electrical cables and electrical outlets (especially near areas like kitchens and toilets)


Any time you find electrical hazards, it’s best to contact a professional electrician to fix them before they pose a real danger.


Now that you know what to look for, make sure your employees and visitors know what to do to ensure their safety should an electrical fire break out.


Here’s what to do:


Never, ever use water to try and put out an electrical fire! If you do, you’ll expose yourself to the risk of being electrocuted. Instead, completely shut off the electricity for the entire building, or at least in the area where the fire is.


Next, you’ll want to use a fire extinguisher that is designed to put out electrical fires – class C fires. This includes a clean agent fire extinguishers, carbon dioxide fire extinguisher or an ABC multi-purpose fire extinguisher.


Should the fire extinguishers or circuit boxes be inaccessible, it is best to evacuate the building to a pre-arranged evacuation location. Once everybody is accounted for, call the fire department. Only when you get the all-clear from the firefighters, it’s safe to go back into the building.


Whether you need fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire curtains or sprinkler systems, FSD has got you covered. We’ve been protecting properties and people in Cape Town from fire damage since 2011 and take great pride in offering excellent rates and customer service. For a free quote, get in touch with the team today!