An important part of any preparedness plan for businesses is the generator. A commercial power generator can decrease business interruption during a power outage.
An outage of power can occur due to weather, natural disaster or faulty equipment. Every business should develop and practice a business continuation plan. A critical element of being prepared for a disaster or power outage is having a backup commercial generator.
A generator can pay for itself many times over, if installed and operated correctly. The safe operation of a generator and proper ventilation will prevent injury. Purchase or rent a generator that is designed to accommodate the needs of your business. Make sure there is a regular maintenance program that is followed.
In order to determine what size or type of generator you will need:
1. Assess your power needs
2. Estimate how often you will lose power and for how long
3. Know the reasons why your business face power outages
These factors will help decide size and type of generator you will need.
When considering the options of a portable generator versus a permanent generator, you will need to assess your needs more in-depth. A portable or back-up generator is intended to move to where the need is. Its temporary nature makes it convenient to be moved to different locations based upon the power needs. The permanent or standby generator is a back-up electrical system and can automatically turn on through a transfer switch.
Portable generators usually have a short running period and will need to be refueled periodically throughout
the day during a long power outage. This type of generator would work well with a small to mid-sized business. If you have
sensitive equipment or many appliances, a portable generator will not work as well as a stand-by or permanent generator. A portable
generator will need a cord that will handle the amount of items it is providing power to.
Assess the equipment you will need to be powered by the generator before you decide which is right for you.
The permanent or stand-by generator will be wired directly into your building’s electrical system using a transfer switch. As the switch senses a power outage, it will identify your emergency electrical wiring, providing power to the pre-determined equipment. Upon restoration of power, the switch will reconnect the emergency wiring back to the utility lines and shut down the generator.
The permanent generator generally has higher power levels as compared to the portable unit. It can also run longer. Fuel for the permanent generator is usually natural gas, propane, or bi-fuel.
If several areas of your business require power, purchasing several portable generator units may not be cost effective. Renting commercial power generators can provide units to all areas requiring power.
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