With so many changes happening with the legalization of cannabis, more and more entrepreneurs are exploring the opportunity to build a business in the cannabis niche by investing in a grow room.
With a growing demand for CBD oil, medicinal marijuana, and hemp products, the opportunity appears to have a lot of upside potential.
A cannabis grow room can be a great way to cultivate marijuana.
But, if you are outfitting the room yourself, a very important topic to pay close attention to is electrical safety.
If electrical safety is not taken seriously, there can be devastating consequences.
We want to help you have the information you need about electrical safety for cannabis grow rooms.
Keep reading to learn about electrical safety tips for your grow room operation.
Managing Water and Electricity in Your Grow Room
It’s important to remember, some of the resources required to run a successful grow room do not mix.
Specifically, water and electricity.
Every grow room will need water to keep the plants alive and thriving, while electricity is being used for resources such as: lights, HVAC, automated timers, cameras for security and surveillance, just to name a few.
So, what can you do to keep the space and any anyone that is working in that space safe?
Let’s start with extensions cords and surge protectors.
Extension cords and surge protectors are a common sight in most homes and businesses. Yet, with grow rooms, these can actually serve as red-flags.
If you are starting in a small space, you may be tempted to plug as many cords into one surge protector or outlet as you can.
Or you may want to plug extension cords into other extension cords.
These practices should be avoided at all costs.
Avoiding these practices can save you and your business from potential fire damage.
An overloaded outlet or surge protector can cause a fire.
This can create irreversible damage for your business, yourself, and your employees.
With an agriculturally-based business comes a lot of water.
Once you have your irrigation system set up, please be sure to check the positioning of any extension cords and surge protectors that you may be using in the space.
Hang your surge protectors higher up on the wall to keep it out of puddles of water.
Route your extension cords away from puddles of water that form during irrigation.
If water gets near your outlets, surge protectors, and extension cords, you are putting yourself at risk for electric shock.
You are also increasing your risk of starting a fire.
Electrical Safety Tips for Your Grow Room Equipment
If you are running a grow room you know there’s important, industry specific equipment you’ll need to run a successful operation.
Let’s look at equipment can help increase your grow room safety!
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)
A GFCI can prevent power from flowing to a plug if there is any water in the area.
The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter prevents any life-threatening damage to you or your employees from electrocution.
You can install outlets with GFCI, you can also purchase surge protectors with GFCIs built-in.
High-Pressure Sodium/Metal Halide Lights (HID)
Installing High-Pressure Sodium/Metal Halide Lights (HID) is considered the best practice for grow rooms because of the heat they produce.
However, these lights come with safety tips and precautions that are important to follow.
First, because of the high heat of these bulbs, be sure the ballasts for the lights are kept away from the lights.
Also, when handling these bulbs, always wear gloves especially if they have been turned on recently.
Automated Systems Management
There are numerous cycles that must be managed in a grow room setting.
For example, managing the lighting cycles, the watering systems, and temperature controls.
It’s become much more commonplace, especially with larger operations, to have automation in place to help manage and optimize the amount of light, water and room temperature throughout the various stages of growth to maximize profits (and safety).
Making sure these automated systems are set up properly, and maintained properly is critical.
The benefit is, you’re able to monitor and run your operation with much more precision and accuracy.
Most often, installing automation will require hiring a professional or a team of professionals that can assist with the system and network set up, and provide a maintenance package that is suitable for your situation.
This is by far the safest and least stressful approach.
When in Doubt, Hire a Professional
All of this information about cannabis grow room electrical safety might be overwhelming.
If you are moving beyond a couple of tables and some lights with extension cords and onto bigger things–hiring a professional may be the way to go.
The tips that were covered are helpful for a smaller operation, if you are going to be growing cannabis indoors on a larger scale this information will not be enough.
You will have a robust grow room lighting system, an irrigation system, and a climate control system that require additional safety precautions.
Hiring a professional electrician in Oklahoma City can increase your business’s chance of success and ensure your safety in the process.
When you are hiring an electrical professional for commercial projects, be sure to do the following:
- Ask about experience with the electrical safety requirements for cannabis grow rooms specifically [IMPORTANT]
- Research their licensing and certifications
- Make sure they have insurance
- Check out reviews or request a reference
- Ask about guarantees
There are not many electricians who specialize in cannabis grow room electrical safety in the Oklahoma City area.
When you speak with a potential electrician about your project, be sure ask the direct question, “Have you worked on grow rooms before and please share about the scope of the project?”
Hearing their answer will immediately help you determine their level of knowledge and confidence working on grow rooms.
Check Your Insurance Policy
When you weigh your options of doing the work yourself or hiring a professional, check your insurance policy.
Many insurance policies do not cover fires started in homes and/or businesses with unlicensed electrical work.
Not doing proper research could lead to unnecessary financial strain and emotional stress later on.
Are You Ready to Make the Most of Your Grow Room?
Building a profitable business with your grow room is within your grasp. Make sure you include electrical safety as a core value as you construct your grow room.
The success of your business and the safety of your employees is directly impacted by the level of quality electrical work.
If you would like to learn more about how Spartan supports the electrical needs of cannabis grow rooms in Oklahoma City, check out our this page to learn more.
Are you looking for a licensed commercial electrical company that has experience with cannabis grow rooms in the Greater Oklahoma City area? Contact Spartan Electrical Services, we have experience working on commercial grow rooms. Request an estimate for service online today! Or Call (405) 833-5030!