How to Prepare for Power Outages This Fall

A few months back, we talked about how to prepare for power outages as summer approached, with all its thunderstorms, rain and wind. But now that we’re heading into fall, the cooler temps are coming and you should be prepared for the next half of the year as well. Here’s how to guard your business against power outages this autumn, to save you downtime, loss of productivity and loss of revenue.

Doesn’t matter which industry you’re in – medical, food and beverage, construction, etc. – it’s important to make sure your company is well prepared in the event you lose power due to flooding, wind, rain and other typical autumn weather.

Step 1: Invest in a Backup Generator

Ensuring your company can stay operational even when the lights go out is critical. If you haven’t done so already, consider purchasing or renting generators in Alberta. Do your homework and look at a wide range of prices, models, capacities and types that best suit your industry and budget.

Step 2: Learn the Layout of Your Building

Familiarize yourself with the layout of your building well before a fall power outage hits. Take a walk around and see where your generator, fuse boxes, electric service entrance, portable lamps, flashlights, batteries and emergency lighting systems are all located.

Compile a list of equipment you are responsible for switching off during an outage. Know how to reset them when power is restored. Contact all service providers (fire, phone and security) to learn how those systems should work in the event of an outage if you don’t know.

Crafting a preparedness plan detailing the operational tasks and responsibilities of your staff is essential. What will you require for backup electrical generation and battery systems? Regularly test your backup battery systems and compile a list of emergency telephone numbers.

Step 3: Know What to do Before a Storm at the Workplace

  • Come up with a plan for your business.
  • Make sure your customers and employees know the plan.
  • Post it in public areas.
  • Have an emergency kit on hand and store it in an easy-to-locate area.
  • Check your backup system.
  • Know how to safely operate your generator.
  • Invest in surge protection to protect equipment.
  • Know the difference between a black out and a brown out.

Go over all the above with employees and staff members.

Step 4: Stay Calm in an Outage

Staying calm is easier when you’re prepared and know your emergency plan backwards and forwards.

  • Check with nearby businesses to see if the problem is limited to your building or electrical system.
  • Report the outage with your utility company immediately.
  • Implement your preparedness plan.
  • Make sure the generator kicked on. If it didn’t, turn it on manually.
  • Switch off all equipment and appliances to prevent damage to your equipment when power does get restored.

Step 5: Take Action When Power is Restored

Once the power comes back on, remember that safety is still a priority. Make an appointment with your utility company so they can check the overall system and repair any damage that has occurred to generating stations, transmission lines and sub-stations.

Switch on essential equipment after about 15 minutes so you don’t overload the electrical system.

Contact RLN Energy

As you prepare for wall and winter power outages, come to us for reliable generators in Alberta that can handle your business needs. Please contact us today at 780-991-8575 to learn about our rental generators.

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