Emergency power provisions have become a staple for many homeowners. It can easily make the difference between comfortably weathering the
storm, or suffering many inconveniences. It is perhaps even more critical for businesses to have backup generators to maintain at least some
aspects of their day-to-day operations and protect their inventory. Let’s take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions
about emergency power supplies for businesses.
As has been shown repeatedly, if you have a business and experience an electrical
if you don’t have an emergency plan in place to include a commercial
your business and customers will suffer. People can get hurt scurrying out of a dark business, equipment without the steady stream of power
will go down and require repairs, and entire inventories can be lost. All of this can greatly affect your company’s revenue.
Leading temporary power solution providers such as Power Plus have many types of power generators that meet your needs. That’s the
first thing you want to look into: make sure you have a power generator installed to make sure you’re not left without hot water,
warmth, and electricity! Power is an essential part of nearly every businesses' operations.
Do you want to power up your entire building or just specific critical loads? A utility power outage could last from one to ten days or
more. Which areas of your facility could be without power for that length of time?
The nameplate on your main electrical panel will tell you the maximum output in amps and volts. Buildings typically use far less than the
Determine the actual electrical load your building uses by connecting an ammeter on each electrical panel during peak load. The preferred
method would be a two-week load study to determine the max load of the electrical panel to be supported with a backup generator. Knowing the
maximum actual connected load will significantly reduce your rental expense in a disaster and increase your ability to procure an industrial
Reviewing your utility bill over several months to get an average usage is another way to verify the actual load. Where will the industrial backup generator be placed? Once the required load is identified, the kW size of the industrial generator can be determined. Portable generators can be as large as a semi-trailer, so placement is an important consideration. The placement of the backup generator should be as close to the electrical panel as possible to minimize the amount of electrical cable that will be needed to connect the rental generator.
Backup generators can require an enormous amount of diesel fuel. Your industrial generator rental company can provide you with estimated usage amounts. An important factor is the size of the fuel tank. How many gallons per hour does the generator burn at full load, at half load? Estimate the number of hours per day you plan to run the rental generator and multiply by the estimated hourly burn rate to determine how many gallons per day the unit will consume. Your industrial generator rental company may provide fueling service, or you may need to find a Fuel Management company to keep the backup generator running.
Backup generators become scarce when a disaster or power outage occurs. Having identified an emergency generator power provider well in
advance is only one important step to take. All metropolitan areas have generator rental companies, but will they have a unit for you when
you call? And how well-equipped and experienced are they in providing industrial generators in disaster response situations? Some industrial
generator rental companies specialize in providing emergency power during disaster situations. Being able to supply the information above
will be a requirement for them to provide you with the proper equipment to meet your needs.
During an emergency, proper planning is critical to being able to keep your business up and running. Once you’ve taken steps to prepare yourself for the next power outage, it’s a good idea to keep an “Emergency Generator Power” file with all the essential information above in an accessible place for all key personnel.
An emergency power outage can not only be inconvenient, but it has the potential to be catastrophic. As a business owner, you will
inevitably be affected when you are without electricity. There are a few different ways you can protect yourself or your business in
the event of an emergency power outage.
Many businesses choose to install a permanent emergency backup generator. If you can afford this option, it will alleviate a great deal of
anxiety and hassle. You can size that emergency generator to power up the entire building, or it can be just big enough to provide power to
your emergency lighting and server room. There is a great deal of flexibility if you have the funds to permanently install backup generator
Another option is to locate a generator rental company and inquire about emergency response. There are generator rental companies that are available 24 hours a day and can respond to your site with a rental generator, cable, and certified electricians. Again, they can size the generator to fit your needs and should be able to have your business up and running in a matter of hours. This option can be much more cost-effective if the emergency power outage is for a short period.
Be prepared and think about the options before the power outage occurs. Approaching hurricanes or other natural disasters often cause power
outages. Give your local generator rental company a call today and set up a consultation. They will be able to provide you with generator
sizing and connection options tailored to your specific needs. Preparing for the power outage before it occurs is the key to keeping the
computers running or the fridge cold.
PowerPlus has provided disaster relief for a variety of well-documented real-life scenarios across the country. One such example is the
Paradise, California fire of November 2018.
To support the Paradise California fire disaster relief, we provided power for the three base camps that housed 3,000+ workers.
Each base camp had different temporary power needs:
When the power goes out, a portable generator can be a lifesaver for your business. But if it’s misused, it can also be
life-threatening. There are several risks involved with portable generators.
Gasoline-powered generators produce high levels of carbon monoxide in their exhaust. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that
displaces oxygen in red blood cells. To prevent this, make sure that your portable generator is in a safe place and installed correctly by a
If your generator is connected to the wiring system in the building, it could pose a hazard to anyone working on the power lines. To avoid
this, an automatic transfer switch is a good idea.
An overloaded generator could backfire, causing sparks and flames. Again, make sure you consult a professional on the placement of your
Portable generators are a great form of emergency power for your business, but make sure you use them safely and correctly. These
aren’t DIY projects. For your own safety and those around you, consult a professional like Power Plus!
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