Don’t let your business be without power!
Here in South Louisiana, we’re experts at being ready for just about anything. We make sure to stock up our hurricane kits, test our home smoke alarms every 6 months, and make sure our insurance policies stay current. But, Is your small business really prepared for the worst?
Are you able to keep your business running in the event of a power loss?
Most businesses rely on electricity to properly function. Internet, lights, power tools, computers, and phones are items we rely on every day to build our products, close deals and satisfy our customers.
But what if your business lost power? Are you able to keep your business running in the event of a power loss?
Here are three reasons your business should consider investing in an emergency generator in case of a power outage.
Backup generators help you continue to service your customers
If your business is without power, then chances are your customers are as well.
Depending on what services and goods that you provide, your business may be in demand. Consider this example:
Suppose you are a shipping facility for a disaster response agency, and you that relies on the internet and computers to schedule and coordinate the various shipments.
A hurricane hits Louisiana and the entire region loses power.
Your business could potentially be dead in the water (no pun intended) until power is restored, causing you to lose business, or, worse, having to go back the old way of paper and pen.
But, if your business is equipped with a commercial generator, it’s business as usual for you. You can continue to serve your customers in their time of need, and maintain business continuity.
Backup generators keep you from losing company data
When you lose power, you lose access to your company’s electronic data.
Just about every business operating in 2020 leans on computers to handle data in one form or another.
Whether fancy invoicing applications or basic point of service interfaces, these tools make our lives easier, and we rely on them heavily.
Without power, your computers will lose any data that hasn’t been saved, and/or uploaded to the cloud. The last thing that you would want is for missing information that could lose your profits.
A backup generator (or another backup power source) can help protect your critical electronic data and information.
A standby generator keeps your business safe and secure
Disasters (whether natural or man-made) tend to bring out the worst in some people.
Looting and burglaries increase during this time, so it’s critical that you keep your business from becoming a target.
By installing a backup generator with an automatic transfer switch, you keep your business property and personnel safe because:
- Your security lighting remains lit, keeping criminals away.
- Your burglar system stands at the ready to alert you of any intrusions.
- Your life safety systems stay up and running to protect you from fire.
Actually, a backup power source is actually required in some types of businesses.
For example, the Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) requires some type of backup power in the following occupancies:
- Highrise buildings
- Assembly occupancies
- Healthcare occupancies
- Detention and correctional occupancies
- Industrial occupancies
*the above list is in no way all-inclusive, and you should check with your local AHJ (authority having jurisdiction) for guidance.
Backup generator options
Because businesses vary in size in terms of facilities, staff, and assets, there’s really no one size fits all solution. Some businesses require a large horsepower diesel generator, and some can get away with a smaller installation that uses natural gas as its’ fuel source.
At Owens Electrical Contractors, we confer with business owners to design a backup for their electrical system that will keep them up and running during a disaster and give them peace of mind the rest of the time.
We can create a perfectly customized generator installation to keep you safe and prepared for any electrical power outage that comes your way. Contact us for more information.