How To Avoid Common Electrical Code Violations

Qualified Electrician Installing Lighting Fixture

DIY projects gone wrong, aging systems, and poor professional workmanship can all result in electrical code violations. While these violations are reasonably common, the consequences can be dire.

In this article, we’ll outline some of the more common code violations in B.C. businesses and what you can do about it.

Before we begin, it’s important to note that you should contact a Krueger Electric electrician if you’re concerned about electrical safety in your commercial building.

Common Electrical Code Violations

Installing new light fixtures

Replacing a lighting fixture in any building – commercial or residential –seems like it might be a quick and easy DIY job.

But, in B.C., there are permit requirements for the installation and replacement of permanent light fixtures. Additionally, strata properties, duplexes, home business operators, and commercial premises operators usually require a licensed contractor to perform regulated work.

This is due to safety concerns.

Many businesses are looking to upgrade their commercial lighting systems due to the potential for cost savings. But installing new lights onto old wiring is risky.

New light fixtures can overload old wiring since they run at a hotter temperature – 90°C as opposed to the older systems which are rated to 60°C. This applies largely to buildings wired before 1987.

If you want to make changes to the lighting in your commercial or industrial premises, get in touch with a qualified electrician.

Too few outlets

Governmental regulations require businesses and industrial companies to have compliant outlets. This measure restricts the number of extension cords – and reliance upon them.

If you’re finding yourself increasingly reliant upon extension cords or struggling to find an outlet, contact a qualified electrician. It’s best to be sure that your business is compliant with electrical codes and that your business is future-ready.


Electrical Extension Cord being turned off

Emergency Exit Lighting

Emergency exit lighting should illuminate the way to all egresses in the building, not just emergency exits. While older systems don’t need to be upgraded, all newly installed or upgraded signs must be compliant.

Emergency lighting requires thorough regular inspections and annual testing.

The installation of emergency lighting and exit signs should be done by a licensed professional.

Energy Efficiency Regulations

Energy efficiency is in focus in British Columbia as the B.C. Government strives to meet world-class energy efficiency standards. Steps have already been taken to ensure that new developments are net-zero ready by 2032.

Meanwhile, there’s a strong push for all new and replacement heating and hot water systems to be net-zero by 2025.

What this means for you is that energy-efficient updates should be at the front of your mind when undertaking updates, upgrades or other expansions in your commercial buildings.

You want your commercial and industrial properties to be future-ready to avoid additional costs and updates down the line. You can read up on some of the top commercial electrical upgrades for energy efficiency here.

Contact Krueger Electric

Krueger Electric has worked on some of the biggest and brightest buildings and industrial projects in the Okanagan – including the Landmark Building and nearby wind farms.

We’re experienced professionals with a reputation for safety, excellence, and fair pricing.

Contact us today to see what we can do for you.


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