A power outage is one of the most common interruptions to business operations. While short interruptions may result in only a small inconvenience, prolonged outages can have a significant impact on your operations and revenue. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, weather only accounts for about one-third of all power outages. Power interruptions are more likely to be caused by animals, fallen trees and human error. Let us help minimize the impact a power outage can have on your business.
- Identify equipment and systems critical to continuous operation and have reliable backup power supplies for these systems.
- Back up files and operating systems regularly.
- Know the ratings of fuses critical to your machinery and keep them in supply.
- Clearly mark your meter room and electric service entrances.
- Keep sufficient heating fuel on hand since regular sources may be cut off, especially if the outage is widespread or long-term.
- Check the fuse boxes or circuit breakers to determine if a fuse has blown or a breaker has tripped. If the fuses are okay, check your neighbor to see if the outage is at your facility or area wide.
- Report a power outage to your local electrical utility company immediately.
- Avoid back-feed by using an appropriately sized portable generator.
- If someone has been electrocuted, do not come in direct contact with that person and call 911 immediately.
- Monitor battery-operated radio or television for emergency updates.
- Turn off heat pumps, large equipment and lights to decrease power demand when electricity is restored.
- Be cautious around all electrical wires and machinery—you may not know when the power has returned and these items become "hot."
- Check with local authorities to make sure drinking water is safe.
- Do not try to help by removing trees from power lines. Live trees are excellent conductors of electricity, as are metal chain saw blades and bars.
- Do not repair any power lines without proper protective apparel and equipment.
- If power is out in your area, be aware that neighbors using electric generators incorrectly could be sending electricity into power lines. This could be deadly.
- Never run a generator, pressure washer or any gasoline-powered engine inside an enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open.