Power outages can be devastating for any commercial business, regardless of industry. Extended blackouts may not only result in loss of sales but could also damage inventory, particularly if climate control is vital for your products. Many businesses either have no backup generators to use in case of an outage, or the generators they do have are insufficient for their needs. Here’s why you should invest in secondary power sources.
Why Backup Power Is Critical
For hospitals and other medical facilities, a power outage can create a life and death situation. Even if you’re not in the healthcare industry, blackouts can be detrimental to your business. Without backup power you may lose sales, data, productivity, and inventory. While these aren’t catastrophic consequences, power outages can create safety and health hazards and cost your business significantly if you’re unprepared.
How to Prepare
Preparation is crucial, particularly during the coldest and hottest months of the year. Unfortunately, buying a backup generator isn’t enough to ensure you have sufficient power during a blackout. You first need to guarantee the generator is large enough to supply power to your building. Whether you choose a natural gas or diesel generator, you’ll need to keep an adequate fuel supply on hand.
Many businesses fall short because they let their preparations end with buying a generator and fuel. Letting engine-powered equipment sit unused for extended periods of time is a sure-fire way to have it fail you in an emergency. Instead, run and test the equipment periodically to ensure everything is working. It’s also a good idea to have a protocol for long-term outages in case you run out of fuel.
Proper planning is crucial for avoiding significant losses during power outages. Backup generators can go a long way in curbing those losses, but it’s also a good idea to consult with an expert to ensure you’re using equipment appropriate for your needs. The professionals at Marsh Creek, LLC in Anchorage, AK, have designed backup power solutions and built custom generators for large commercial businesses like BP®. They also have offices in Nampa, ID, and Dixon, CA, and they can work with you to develop a solution for even the worst-case scenarios. To learn more about their custom-build services and electrical contractors, visit their website or call (907) 258-0050 to speak with a member of their team.