Electrical hazards are present in almost any industry or location, and the air transport industry is no exception. Where electricity is present, there is always the possibility of electrical dangers.
So how do you ensure and maintain electrical safety in the air transport industry? Here are a few guidelines:
As with most electrical systems in land-based infrastructures, the best way to ensure the safety of an electrical installation is regular maintenance checks, immediate repairs when needed, and upgrades when warranted. The same is also true for the electrical system of both an aircraft and an air transport terminal. Not only is this to prevent accidents like electrical fires and electrical shocks, but also to keep an airborne craft in good working order while it is in transit or the middle of a flight. This is because most aircraft navigation systems are also powered by electricity.
If an aircraft experiences a fire in mid-flight, the crew needs to act quickly. Emergency measures for landing the plane must be undertaken, and it is imperative that the plane should be on the ground as soon as possible, ideally within the next 17 minutes. The reason is that fires that start while a plane is in mid-flight can spread quickly, and then becomes difficult, if not impossible, to contain. The safety of the passengers and everybody else on board should be the main priority.
In the meantime, all possible measures for containing the fire must be undertaken by the crew, and as aggressively as possible.