Don't Forget About Maintenance

Routine maintenance ensures that a thermal imager performs when needed and enjoys a long service life. This column focuses on operational checks and battery maintenance. Operational checks Certain tasks can be done daily, weekly and monthly to help...


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• Be careful where you store your batteries. Prolonged storage of batteries in low- temperature (below 15 degrees Fahrenheit) or high-temperature environments (above 90°F) or near radiant heat sources may reduce battery capacity.

• Pay attention to the charger. Look for dirt or debris on or around the charging contacts. Check the power source for swelling or damage to the wire. (When working on the charger, always remove it from the power source for safety.)

BRAD HARVEY is the Thermal Imaging Product Manager at Bullard. He is a veteran of public safety as a firefighter, police officer and paramedic and is certified through the Law Enforcement Thermographers’ Association (LETA) as a thermal imaging instructor. Harvey has worked as a high-angle rescue instructor and is a certified rescue technician and fire instructor. If you have questions about thermal imaging, you may email him at brad_harvey@bullard.com.