When to Fix-It-Yourself and When to Call an Electrician

Messing with electrical appliances and components is serious business. Hello, my name is George Tanner. I’m a retired electrician. I can’t even begin to tell you how many horror stories I heard over the years of working as an electrician. People who thought they could quickly fix something in their homes but never should have even tried. Some got hurt and others were lucky. My goal here is to provide you with some guidelines as to what electrical malfunctions are easily fixable by nearly any adult, and what you should never attempt on your own. One thing you are going to hear me stress more than once is that electrical components are not to be taken lightly. We protect our children from them; we also have to protect ourselves. I hope you find this blog to be helpful!

Fire & Life Safety System Improvements You'll Need When Installing High-Piled Pallet Racking


If you are the project manager of the installation of a new high-piled pallet racking system in a warehousing facility, there are a few crucial things you need to know about how the new racking system may affect your fire and life safety system. High-piled pallet racking systems create channels of air that can result in a chimney-like effect on air movement in the aisles within the warehouse, which can cause flames and smoke to spread rapidly in a fire. Here's what you can do to prevent it. 

Fire & Life Safety Systems Should Include Ventilation 

The fire and life safety systems include the smoke detectors, sprinklers, and fire alarms in the facility. For warehouses with high-piled pallet racking systems, ventilation should also be part of the fire and life safety systems. When the detectors and sensors detect smoke or significant heat, they automatically signal the ventilation system to turn on to help control the air movement and, therefore, the flames and smoke.

Since heat and smoke naturally rises, the ventilation system would counteract the rising heat and smoke by forcing air downwards into the aisles, which effectively reduces the ability for the heat and smoke to rise and spread. 

Hire an Industrial Electrician to Install a Computerized Control 

Many fire and life safety systems operate with valves and sensors that signal switches to open in an electrical wiring network. The switches then send electricity to other components, such as the ventilation and fire alarm monitoring systems, which signals them to activate.

Instead of this, hire an industrial electrician to install a computerized system that has a programmable logic controller (PLC) incorporated into it. The PLC will be configured to identify changes in the detectors and sensors throughout the warehouse. When it determines that changes are occurring, the PLC will then determine if and when the fire and life safety systems will turn on.

This type of computerized system is more reliable than older systems that rely on relay switches and valves that may not open in the event of a fire. To protect the wiring network of the computer system, the wires and cables will need to be installed in fire-resistant electrical ducts, which your electrician can install in the warehouse. 

The computerized control will also signal the fire alarm monitoring system, which will automatically alert the local firefighters and warehouse owner when fire and/or smoke is detected in the warehouse. 

For more information, contact Brian Thornton Sons Electric or a similar company.


8 January 2016