Not all office buildings have the right sort of modern electrical wiring and protective devices that they need and, sometimes, as businesses expand their additional equipment can start to overload the electrical installation. Regular reviews of the wiring and protective devices within your premises, especially in older buildings, can help reduce the risk of fire.
Wiring and protective devices may not match up to current standards and, as your business expands and electrical installations and equipment advance, there is a risk that they will become overloaded. It is only by inspection, by a competent electrician or electrical contractor, that these issues can be found and the danger removed by remedial work.
Additionally, a lack of electrical sockets can lead to the use of extension cables, increasing the fire and trips risk, as well as the chances of cable damage. Don't forget that portable electrical appliances also can, if left unchecked, become unsafe over time due to damage or wear and tear so a system should be in place to try and make sure that this doesn’t happen.
The initial warning signs of a potential problem in electrical installations can include plugs, sockets, cables and fuse boxes that get hot or have brown scorch marks, circuit breakers which trip for no obvious reason or because an excessive electric load is being imposed on them and lights that flicker or go out as soon as they are turned on.