During the spring season, normally we experience unpredictable weather as well as power outages. However, the power outage is not only caused by natural disasters but sometimes it is due to failure in equipment and poor maintenance. All these can threaten your business’s production and lead to loss or reduce profits. According to statistics, the Canadian economy experiences a loss of $167 billion every year caused by electrical power outages. This is extremely bad for your business as you can end up losing a ransom.
While electric power outages are hard to predict, here are 7 ultimate tips that will help you to minimize any disruption while protecting your business:
- Enroll for outage alerts
You have to stay informed about the storms and you can do this by signing up to receive notifications through email and texts so that you get regular updates regarding the restoration times. You can also visit your utility provider website and sign up to receive alerts.
- Get enough understanding of your equipment
Understanding your equipment is so important as it can help you take all the important measures as well as a precaution that is needed by listing all the needed equipment that has to be switched off when there is a power outage as well as resetting it as soon as the power restored.
- You can contact the utility provider for more details on how your system will perform during and soon after the power outage.
- In case you have a 3 phase equipment you are advised to install a protection device and know-how to reset it when there is a power outage.
- Always have a plan
Make sure that you are always prepared and you have a well-detailed plan that shows all operational tasks as well as responsibilities to be undertaken by your staff. Make sure you understand your requirements for any electrical generation backup as well as the battery system.
- Make sure you have emergence lighting, fire protection systems, phones, backup battery systems, as well as security systems frequently checked.
- List all the emergence phone numbers
- Design a customized outage business plan
- Make sure that you have an emergence kit stored in an area that is easily accessible
- Make sure that you prepare your staff for drill sessions
Ensure that you prepare your staff practice drill sessions so that your employees what to do during a power outage. Make sure that you assign responsibilities to your staff. Make sure that your staff has easy access to your site location identification number (SLID) so that they are able to report an outage in case you are unavailable.
- Use Alternate Power and Lighting
Avoid using candles as they increase the risk of fire. You can opt to use battery-operated light sources-set up backup power sources for emergency power as well. You can also opt to install an emergency lighting system. Make sure that you place the generator in an open or well-ventilated space and ensure that a few of your employees know how to operate it.
- Create an outage supplies kit
Ensure that you have sufficient outage supplies prior to the time and ensure that they are accessible and safe to anyone. Ensure that your staff knows where to locate them and assign them with responsibilities of maintaining them. This is what you should include in your supplies’ kit:
- All the emergency numbers and your utility supplier’s number
- You must include first aid kits
- Include LED portable lights
- All the major tools
- Your business’s complex floor plan which identifies emergency shutoffs for gas, water as well as fire suppression control system and alarm security.
- Inspect the wiring system which heads to your building
In case the wires on your business property seem to be down or damaged, make sure that you and your staff maintain a distance of about 4 meters away from them.
It doesn’t matter whether you suffer a power outage for a few minutes or for a number of days. Your ability to prepare and handle the power failure will enable you to overcome the situation without incurring any threads and loss. Using the right construction electrical materials is important so as to keep your business safe from any electrical outage. Using poor construction electrical materials can degrade your entire electrical system. This can pose a threat to your workplace not only to your property but also to you and your staff. For the best construction electrical materials, contact us. We are the leading suppliers and providers of electrical materials and services. Feel free to contact us, as our team of professionals will be happy to serve you.