We’re more dependent on electricity than ever before, and electricity is required for many things in our daily lives, including running a business.
It’s essential to protect your small business from power failures to ensure the safety of your employees and the business itself.
Here’s how to prepare and what to do if a power outage occurs so you won’t lose any time or money.
Design an Emergency Plan
Work with your employees to design a plan for power outages, and make sure they know what to do in case of an emergency. For example, they might contact you or another person you’ve designated as a backup (if applicable).
Everyone should understand the correct course of action so there’s no confusion. If critical tasks can’t be done during a power outage, then have a plan for what to do instead.
When you develop a power outage plan, include what tasks will be done during an emergency situation, such as turning off all non-essential equipment or appliances and lights, shutting down computers (or protecting them with UPS), etc.
You could waste valuable time and money if the electricity goes out unexpectedly, even for a few minutes. If it’s out for longer than an hour or two, then the consequences could be severe.
Power outage plans reduce losses from power failures in small businesses, and it’s worth your time to have a plan developed in advance.
Install an Emergency Generator
An emergency generator is an excellent investment for your small business because it helps you save time and money and reduces losses from power failures. In an emergency, a generator can offer up to 16 hours or more of uninterrupted power during power outages.
Though they may be expensive upfront, the potential loss in revenue and productivity can be devastating. Commercial emergency generators range from $5,000-$15,000 depending on size, fuel type, and features (such as remote monitoring). Do your research and find a suitable generator for your needs and your budget.
Determine if you need an electrician to wire it into your building so it’s safe and doesn’t overload the current. Discuss your business’s operational needs with an emergency generator supplier to ensure your research is accurate and the correct equipment gets installed.
Arrange the installation logistics and consider the impact of the installation on your business, and arrange for the installation to be done when your business is closed, if possible.
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