Indoor grow rooms require electricity to sustain the growth of plants. From lighting to water pumping, the electrical wiring is inevitable in your grow room. However, dealing with electricity can be hazardous and may lead to fire and electrocution. Therefore, you should follow some guidelines while working with electrical wiring and machines.
Electricity safety measures in Grow Rooms
Here are some measures you should follow to ensure maximum safety in your grow room.
1. Install circuit breakers
This is the first form of electrical protection in your grow room. Circuit breakers ensure that your circuit draws a safe amount of power. If short-circuit or circuit overload occurs, the circuit breaker will trip and prevent potential fires.
2. Install safety switches
They are useful in protecting electrocution that results from faulty electrical equipment such as light ballast with loose wires inside.
3. Keep off electrical components from the floor
The extension cable blocks should be fixed to the wall or ceiling to prevent fire hazards. Moreover, it will keep the electrical components out of your way so you will not trip over them.
4. Avoid flammable materials in your grow room
Most of the electrical devices in the grow room draw a massive amount of electricity and generate lots of heat. Therefore, it is important to keep flammable materials away from the grow room as they can catch fire easily.
5. Do not hang lights on their cords
Hanging your grow lights from the cord can put stress on the cables, which can lead to short-circuiting. Instead, hang the grow lights using chains.
6. Keep rodents away from the grow room
Some rodents are notorious for chewing electrical wires. This can lead to short-circuiting and potential fires in your grow room. In this case, your grow room design should discourage rodents from getting into your room.
7. Switch off the power before performing any maintenance
Working on live wires can be very dangerous as it can lead to electrocution and potential fire hazards. Always switch off the from the switch box before doing any wiring.
8. Checks the wiring connection on regular basis
Loose connections may lead to fires in your grow room. They generate lot of heat and catch fire if left unnoticed. In this case, you should check all wiring connections to ensure that they are tight. You should also ensure no wires come in contact with the heat source. Moreover, wiring that looks deteriorated should be replaced immediately.
9. Check for water leakages
Water is a good conductor of electricity as can lead to short circuit as well as electrocution. Therefore, it is imperative to ensure that no water comes in contact with electrical wiring in your grow room. Also, ensure that all taps are closed when not in use as they can cause flooding in your grow room.
Electrical safety is a top priority in a grow room. Therefore, it requires careful planning and diligence before performing any electrical in your grow room. In this case, you have to pay attention to every detail to avoid putting your life and property at risk. Every installation should be done by a qualified electrical technician.