Regularly, we find expired animals inside switch gear, transformers and fuse panels of all kinds. A recent example of an animal finding its way into an unexpected place was the weasel that knocked out the CERN’s particle accelerator. This type of situation occurs more often than people think.
Electrical panels are one of the few things that building owners tend to not pay too much attention to, as long as it is working, why bother to maintain it? That is the type of mentality we see a lot. Those panels, because they are left alone and not checked, are great places for small animals to burrow. This eventually leads to a situation like the CERN’s particle accelerator, you lose all power, you might have a fire or explosion and you got a crispy critter to dispose of.
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This can be easily avoided. Here are some tips on how to avoid a small animal bringing your electrical infrastructure to a halt.
- Inspect your fuse panels and other electrical infrastructures at least once per year. It does not take long for a small animal to do damage.
- Check all around your equipment for holes and gaps where a small animal has gotten into the infrastructure.
- Clean, torque and IR (infra red) scan the fuse panels and other electrical components annually.
- Make sure all your electrical infrastructure is labeled properly especially your individual fuse panels and circuits, that you have your arc flash labeling on the front of the panel, a single line diagram readily available and a central information system so that if something does go wrong with the electric you can instantly pinpoint the needed information.
With these tips, hopefully, your building will not come to a halt like the CERN’s accelerator and you can keep your building running smooth.
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