POWER OUTAGE SAFETY TIPS AND SOLUTIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Power cuts can be costly for businesses.
Nowadays everything is reliant on electricity and many companies are unable to continue operating without power.
Fortunately, whilst many power cuts are out of your control, there are ways of limiting the impact they have.
Here are just a few measures you can take to keep your business running during a power cut.
1. Spot the early signs of electrical problems
Some power outages can be an internal problem and these are the ones that can often be prevented.
If circuit breakers keep tripping, it could be a sign that there are some clear electrical problems that need to be tackled.
Burning smells and unusually loud buzzing could also be signs of an imminent power failure. They could also be signs of potential danger such as an electrical fire.
This is not a time to stay positive, it’s a time to act. Note these subtle signs and plan to do something about it before it becomes a disaster.
2. Have an electrician on call
Having an emergency electrician on call could be important when a power cut does arise – especially if it’s an internal problem.
The sooner you are able to get the problem fixed, the sooner you are able to get your company up and running again.
Many electrical companies will be able to provide this emergency service. You could just make enquiries in your localities and get the appropriate emergency lines.
3. Enable your employees to work from home
If your work is office based, you may be able to continue work remotely somewhere that isn’t affected by the power cut.
This could require you to have all files backed up on the cloud. However, if your data is all on local machines or a local server, it could make this a little more difficult. Enabling your company to work remotely can be a way of coping through many disasters.
4. Set up a UPS
A UPS (uninterruptable power supply) may allow your computers to continue running for a limited time after a power cut occurs.
In the case of a short power outage, this could be enough to keep your company running. It may also give you a warning allowing you to safely shut down machinery that could be dangerous were it to suddenly turn off.
5. Invest in a backup power source
Another option to deal with a power outage could be to invest in your own backup power source. You could switch to it permanently in the event of an emergency. Examples are petrol and solar generators.
This could allow vital machinery such as refrigerators and servers to keep running in the event of a power cut.
There are many different power generators that you can look into. However, if you choose to use petrol generators, make sure the area is well ventilated.
Do not plug generators into power outlets directly, it’s advisable to use some form of stabilizers or surge. Do not also use a generator when it’s wet and never refuel when it’s so hot.
Expect to pay a lot more to run a generator than you would do for a UPS or inverter especially when you want to power a whole construction site or factory.
If you’re on a tight budget, you may feel that a backup generator is too much of an expense. However, you can use solar generators temporarily while your power source undergoes repairs.
So, how have you been able to manage power outage problems in your business?