Arc flash studies are a crucial part of creating a safe and reliable power supply for data centers, manufacturers, health care facilities and any organization with large amounts of switch gear and electrical equipment.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 18, 2011
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 2,000 people are admitted to burn centers due to arc flash accidents in the United States each year. San Francisco commercial electrical maintenance contractor BASS Electric is helping customers maintain a safe and reliable power supply for their electrical equipment by performing arc flash studies.
An arc flash is an electric current that passes through the air when there is insufficient insulation or isolation between a pair of charged conductors. An arc flash can generate temperatures in excess of 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and any worker standing near such an explosion can be injured or killed by the blast, the resulting fire, electric shock or flying shrapnel.
A life threatening electrical arc event can happen when a powered-on piece of electrical equipment is opened for maintenance or repair. Insulation properties of air are reduced over time as moisture and conductive particles in the air accumulate. When the resistance of air is reduced to a level when it can no longer resist current to flow in an electrical system, an arc flash can occur.
In addition to safety, most San Francisco Bay Area companies rely upon their mission critical electrical infrastructure to run their business operation—and down time equates to lost revenue.
“Arc flash studies are a crucial part of creating a safe and reliable power supply for data centers, manufacturers, health care facilities and any organization with large amounts of switch gear and electrical equipment,” said Jeff Yee, owner of BASS Electric.
Arc flash studies conducted by BASS Electric save lives and ensure smooth facility operations. BASS Electric’s service includes labeling each piece of equipment with a safety rating, ensuring all future maintenance and repair crews understand the proper level of personal protective equipment (PPE) that is required when approaching the equipment, and reducing hazards to increase uptime.
BASS Electric helps keep costs low and uptime high by offering savings over what most engineering companies would charge, being able to deliver the same high-level of service to customers’ facilities nationwide, and performing maintenance in parallel with the arc flash study.
BASS Electric’s safety record has helped their employees form strong partnerships with many leading commercial and government clients.
Arc Flash Studies should occur every 3 to 4 years, to properly maintain equipment and meet changes to OSHA regulations, and when:
- Any change has taken place with the electrical system, including the utility and distribution systems
- 5 to 6 years have passed since the last short circuit and protective device coordination analysis
- Insurance policy falls under a renewal period
For more information about BASS Electric’s Arc Flash Study service, or to learn more about BASS Electric’s other services, call (415) 578-9894 or visit them on the web at http://www.basselectric.net.
About BASS Electric
Established in 1996, BASS Electric is a commercial electrical contractor that specializes in Bay Area commercial solar design, solar Installation, infrared scanning and testing, commercial electrical maintenance, and arc flash coordination studies. BASS Electric serves the entire San Francisco Bay Area.