Thermal survey could save you from a fire
When buildings burn and people suffer, the inevitable questions follow thick and fast. How did it happen? What was the cause? And the big one; how can we stop it from happening again?
As a preventative measure, business owners are being required by some insurance firms to provide thermal switchboard survey reports as part of their commercial premises fire risk assessment.
Thermal survey reports have become a valuable business document that can lower insurance premiums and help businesses save money as well as identify danger zones.
Faults that can be detected with a thermal imaging camera are indicated by elevated heat coming from the problem area. The causes of these faults can range from a loose connection on a circuit breaker, an over current problem on a circuit or simply a loose screw – faults that are typically hard to see with the naked eye.
The commercial sector is valuing infrared technology as it calculates the cost savings associated with reduced breakdown maintenance and lost production downtime.
The use of thermal imaging identifies faults at an early stage, enabling remedial work to be planned around business operations.
Also, as faults are found early, the cost of remedial works is far less than if left to the point where equipment fails and disaster follows.
Thermal imaging surveys include both infrared and visual images to provide those without electrical knowledge, a better understanding of the problem and its implications.
The annual switchboard and electrical distribution system thermography surveys provides facility managers a vastly improved picture of the condition of their assets, leading to better asset-related business decisions.