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Power Outages

PREPARING FOR  POWER OUTAGES What will you do when the lights go out? Check out solutions that can help minimize the impact of power interruptions.

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.
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