In the event of an electrical emergency, such as electrocution, fire, or explosion, emergency procedures should be in place. All employees and visitors should be trained on what to do in case of an emergency.

Stay Calm and Assess the Situation

If an electrical fire, explosion, electrocution, or other electrical emergency occurs, it is important to first remain calm and quickly assess the situation. Determine if anyone is injured, the location and severity of the emergency, and if evacuation is necessary.

Evacuate the Area

If the electrical emergency presents an immediate danger, evacuate the area. Make sure to account for all employees and visitors. Go to the designated meeting area so first responders can get an accurate count.

Call for Help

Immediately call emergency services at 911 to report the electrical emergency. Provide details on the location, nature of the incident, and if medical assistance is required. If the building has an internal emergency number, call that as well to notify building management.

Secure the Area

If possible, turn off the electricity to the affected area ONLY if it is safe to do so. This could prevent further damage or injury. However, do NOT attempt to switch off electricity if water is present from sprinklers or other sources. Clear out non-essential personnel from the area.

Provide Aid

If someone has been injured and it is safe to reach them, provide medical assistance while waiting for first responders. Do NOT touch anyone who has been electrocuted until power has been turned off.

Follow Official Instructions

Listen for and follow all instructions from emergency personnel and building management. Do not re-enter the building until it has been deemed safe.

Having emergency plans in place and training employees ensures that electrical emergencies in commercial buildings are handled properly and safely. Make sure procedures address all potential electrical hazards based on equipment and workplace conditions.