WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR BREAKER TRIPS

It’s generally an easy fix when your circuit breaker trips, but what’s also important to know is why it trips so that you can prevent it happening in the future.

In very rare cases your breaker may be faulty which causes the trip but in most cases, the breaker, or fuse is just doing its job when it pops. Our circuit breakers are designed to trip and turn off power when any of the following dangerous situations occur.

An overloaded Circuit

An overloaded circuit is the most common reason for a circuit breaker tripping. It occurs when a circuit is attempting to draw a greater electrical load than it is intended to carry. When too many appliances or light fixtures are operating at the same time, the circuit wires heat up. Sensing this, the circuit breaker mechanism trips, breaking the circuit and shutting off the flow of electricity.

Short Circuit

A short circuit is a more serious reason for a breaker tripping. A “hard short” is caused when the hot wire (black) touches another hot wire or touches a neutral wire (white). But sometimes a short circuit occurs not because of the circuit wiring at all, but because of a wiring problem in an appliance or device plugged into an outlet along the circuit. Short circuits, therefore, can be a bit difficult to diagnose and fix.

Ground fault

Another type of short circuit, a “ground-fault,” occurs if a hot wire comes in contact with a metal wall box or touches wood framing members. Ground faults can be especially dangerous when they occur in areas with high levels of moisture–like kitchens or bathrooms. There are steps you can take to identify and fix a ground fault, but also essential steps you should take to prevent one from occurring in the first place.

 

Now that we know why a circuit trips and how to prevent it in the future we can go into what you should do when your breaker trips.

In instances where you have an overloaded circuit it is really easy to fix you just follow our steps below:

  1. Identify your tripped breaker. Open your breaker box door and look for the breaker in the off position. Most breakers come with an orange or red marker indicating a tripped breaker. If there is no indicator, look for the switch in the off position. This is normally the breaker with a switch pointing the direction opposite the others.
  2. Flip the switch. Push the switch into the on position to reconnect your circuit and restore power. Regular power disconnections could be caused by other electrical issues. Call a professional if you’re experiencing routine breaker overloads.

In more serious cases such as ground faults or short circuits, you should definitely consult with a professional electrician. If you notice that there are regular outages, smell burning or notice signs of deterioration (such as scorching, rusting or corroding around you breaker) you should contact your local electrician immediately.

Ignoring electrical failure can result in fires and other home and life-threatening problems.Electrician-1968983

OFFICE LIGHTING EFFECTS ON HEALTH

Office work can be visually demanding, particularly when it involves staring at a computer screen for an extended period of time. Lighting is one of the most important features of an office as it can have a major impact on productivity and levels of absenteeism.


Here are our top tips on how to make the most of lighting in your workspace.


Reduce high levels of absenteeism with good lighting

Artificial light sources cause glare or flicker on visual display units which are linked to many ocular-related complaints such as eye strain, blurred vision, dry eyes and headaches. Health issues caused by inadequate lighting are not restricted to the eye. It can also contribute to spinal complaints and other musculoskeletal injuries which occur when people adopt awkward postures while straining to read something under poor lighting conditions.

It can also be a contributing factor in offices affected by sick building syndrome, a term that describes high levels of absenteeism in a workplace thought to be linked to various environmental factors, so don’t allow lighting to become a health hazard in your office.

It is important to get the balance of light right in order to avoid employees developing health complaints. Lighting should provide enough illumination so that staff can clearly read printed or handwritten documents but not be so bright that it causes glare.


Levels of productivity can be influenced by lighting

Lighting can influence the efficiency of your employees. A study found that people who work in artificial light are more likely to feel tired towards the end of the working day, whereas those who work in natural light are able to continue working for longer.

Researchers have also found there is a strong correlation between exposure to natural light during work hours and sleep, activity and quality of life. Workers with windows in the workplace received an extra 173% white light exposure during work hours and slept an average of 46 minutes more each night. Those without windows had higher levels of daytime dysfunction.

Both studies suggest that to get the most out of your employees it is important to utilise as much natural light in the office as possible. This will increase the productivity of the workforce meaning the business can become more efficient.


How to ensure your office is suitably lit

A good visual environment will have sufficient light that provides good, but not excessive, good contrast between the task and the background. Overhead lighting can also be adjusted to prevent glare and flicker on monitors. Make sure they are dimmed to a level so that the room is still sufficiently illuminated without being too dark. Filters can also be used to diffuse fluorescent lighting.

Maximise natural light in the office by using an open plan layout and positioning desks by windows. Adjustable blinds can be attached to the windows if employees feel the need to adjust the lighting conditions.

It’s not just lighting that can prevent illumination issues. Matte finishes should be used on walls, floors and furniture to prevent glare. Computer monitor brightness and contrast can be adjusted according to the user’s preference. The monitor itself should be angled away from lights and windows.

Taking these prevention measures into account should ensure you have a happy, healthy and efficient set of employees.

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All wired-in generators require a transfer switch to begin delivering electricity to your lights, appliances and electronics.

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