Preventive maintenance is scheduled, routine maintenance that helps keep equipment running efficiently and reliably while minimizing unplanned downtime and costly repairs.
In practice, a preventive maintenance checklist may include things such as cleaning, lubrication, oil changes, adjustments, repairs, parts inspection and replacement, and partial or complete overhauls.
Preventive maintenance offers several important benefits, including:
- Prolonged equipment life
- More reliable equipment
- Less unplanned downtime caused by equipment failure
- Less unnecessary maintenance and fewer inspections
- Fewer unexpected and costly repairs that must be fixed quickly
- Advanced maintenance notification to Programs
- Reduced injury risk
As part of our service to NCI at Frederick, preventive maintenance can be provided on a variety of program-owned equipment, including but not limited to: freezers, refrigerators, incubators, ice machines, and equipment calibration. Please contact the O&M Department for more information.On average, each year the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) department provides oversight on more than 13,000 preventive maintenance work orders, 22,000 installed assets, and 6,000 capital assets.
In 2010, an estimated 16,800 U.S. non-confined or confined home structure fires caused by clothes dryers or washing machines (including combination washer/dryers) resulted in 51 civilian deaths, 380 civilian injuries, and $236 million in property damage. To reduce the risk or injury or property damage:
- Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
- Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
- Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry, and remove lint that has collected around the drum.
Source: NFPA's "Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers and Washing Machines" report.
Download NFPA safety tips on dryers.
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