Earthquakes are powerful, natural phenomena that can put human beings in dangerous situations. Buildings, businesses and bodies are often caught, quite literally, in the middle of shifting grounds. While the majority of seismic events don't outright destroy our buildings, earthquakes can and do still interrupt the daily procedures of business and cause injury to whomever is inside the active area.
How are procedures within the building interrupted? The mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems within the buildings generally go offline during a seismic event. Geographic regions aren't affected by such inconveniences, but an estimated 15 percent of business is lost from an inability to relocate, renovate or divert shipping demands during times of seismic activity.
That's why businesses seek out preventative solutions from trusted manufacturers like nVent CADDY, a leading brand in seismic product lines for fire protection systems, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and datacom installations.
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Continue reading to learn how to save lives and ensure business continuity in seismic conditions.
Taking preventative measures like seismic bracing is essential in seismically active regions. Sensitive structures require proper bracing, not to keep them still, but to provide structural support so that its contents can move together in unison.
Services that hang from the ceiling, like pipe, conduit, duct and cable trays, must be braced. If only one service in your building is braced properly, nearby equipment remains at risk of being damaged. This is because non-structural components can sway and collide into each other. Large units on the ground, on the other hand, like panel boards, power generators, air conditioners, furnaces and pumps, must be anchored to prevent tipping or sliding.
If your business resides in a seismically- active zone or area, consider the stability of its indoor equipment. Could your services be braced and anchored more effectively?