If you utilize one or more transformers for your operation, you know they pack a powerful punch in order to keep things running smoothly. You may also know that taking care of this equipment is critical for the safety and integrity of every project. Unfortunately, transformers can also have a limited lifetime and/or be affected by the elements depending upon their location and age. If you’ve had a transformer blow out during operation or due to an unexpected event, there are several important steps to take right away.
- Turn Off All Electrical Equipment- As part of your emergency procedures, you’ll want to ensure that all electrical equipment is turned off to reduce the likelihood of further damage or an unsafe environment for everyone on the jobsite. The main electrical station that provides power to transformers would be the best place to enact a shutoff, although having other emergency procedures in place is also necessary so that working teams know best practices for such a situation.
- Remove All People from the Area- A live transformer that has sustained damage is a dangerous piece of equipment. You’ll want to remove any and all people from the area to prevent any potentially life-threatening situations.
- Call in Qualified Electrical Professionals- Another important step is to call in qualified electrical professionals to assess the situation and provide guidance about next steps. They will be able to help you create a safe environment, walk through the necessary damage control steps, and create a plan of action for removal of the old transformer and installing a replacement.
At Electric Power Systems, we understand the importance transformers play in the role of your operations. Contact us today if you have questions about the servicing or repair of your commercial electrical equipment.