Is Your Business Prepared to Weather the Storm?
With more storms set to hit the UK in the upcoming weeks, yellow weather warnings have been issued and talks of potential power cuts have arisen. The met office has warned of flooding, travel disruptions and power outages. Now would be the time to think about the electrical infrastructure you currently have in place, is it efficient enough to weather the storm?
It’s common knowledge that businesses from all kinds of industries depend on power to complete everyday operations. Without power, even the smallest of businesses would not be able to function, but for larger ones such as datacentre’s and hospitals, the effects of a power outage could be catastrophic. Unplanned downtime could lead to situations that are hard to recover from, such as loss of data, money and time.
If you’re a novice to the power industry, you may be asking the question, what is a power outage? To answer this simply, a power outage is the loss of electrical power network supply to and end-user. This can be a short or long term state of power loss and can affect a house, building or an entire city. There are three main types of power outages and these are:
- Brownout- A drop in voltage in an electrical power supply
- Blackout- A total loss of power due to damage in the power grid
- Permanent Fault- Loss of power due to a fault on the power line
Whilst some power outages can be planned due to maintenance works, it’s important that your business is prepared for an unexpected event of power loss to help minimise potential losses. Whilst they don’t happen all that often, they can be caused by a number of factors and here are some of the main examples:
- Weather- This is one of the most common causes of power loss. Storm force winds can bring down power lines and electricity can cause a surge in power which can lead to loss of electricity.
- Equipment failure- Critical power equipment can malfunction for a number of reasons. Age and lack of regular maintenance are two of the most common reasons for this.
Although the weather is beyond our control, it’s important to be prepared for anything. A simple way to prevent equipment failure is to have a maintenance service plan put in place. Regular maintenance checks of your equipment could prevent the risk of failure and could leave you protected, even in the event of a weather enabled power cut.