A quarter of accidental fires in workplaces are caused by faulty appliances and leads.* A fire doesn’t even have to be particularly large for it to cause thousands of pounds worth of damage. And as a classic motor trader, this damage could be to the classic cars you’re storing, repairing or restoring - vehicles often valuable and highly prized by their owners.
It is important, therefore, to make sure your electrical systems are properly inspected and maintained every five years to reduce the risks and to comply with health and safety regulations, such as the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. Failure to do so may mean poor connections go unnoticed which can give rise to arcing and can easily cause ignition. Insulation failure could occur when cables or equipment are affected by heat or dampness, causing currents to track across the live wires resulting in high temperatures.
Almost all major insurers require commercial businesses to have their electrical wiring checked and certified on a regular basis.
If you need to make a claim because of a fire, being able to provide insurers with a current test certificate would likely help to get the claim settled faster. It is also a legal requirement to ensure your employees are working in a safe environment. Fixed wire testing is a crucial part of meeting that requirement.
Managing the fire risks your business may face can be taken one step further. Aston Lark works with Aviva, who can use thermal imaging when surveying premises. This is also known as a thermographic survey, and is a versatile method for checking the electrical and mechanical services after installation and throughout the life of the building. As the technique is non-contact, there is often no requirement for special access platforms or protective equipment.
Speak to your Aston Lark contact for more information, or call Sam Wallace, Classic Motor Trade Account Handler, on 01252 888 380.