When the forecast calls for stormy weather, it’s always a good idea to be prepared. Stocking up on basic supplies like food, water, and additional charging ports goes without saying. But when it comes to a business being prepared for a potential blackout, it’s a different story. Regardless of size, businesses can thousands of dollars if they lose power. What’s worse is that when they lose power, they’re can also lose confidential information, which can’t be recovered. Protecting your business from a power outage starts with prevention. Here’s what you need to know about protecting your business from a blackout.
Back Up Computers
It doesn’t matter whether you work on Wall Street or you own a small repair shop; you should always back up information onto the cloud. Set up all working computers to sync onto the cloud whenever they’re in use. This saves all of your data and also allows everyone else who works with you to access the information as well.
Invest in Generators
You never know if or when the power will go out, but investing in an outdoor power generator before ensures that you’ll be able to work, even if the rest of the city is experiencing a blackout. There are many options when it comes to choosing a generator, and unless you happen to know a lot about them, it can get confusing fast. It’s a good idea to enlist the help of a commercial electrician who can help you choose one best suited to your business.
Add Additional Power Supplies
In areas of vulnerability, an electrician can install additional power supplies to keep your business running smoothly. Even if the rest of the power is out, this type of power supply gives you additional time to complete necessary tasks. However, take note that it’s not a good idea to plug devices directly into the additional power supply. If the power surges on, it can destroy whatever is plugged into it.
Protect Vulnerable Areas
Within every workspace, there are areas more prone to power outages than others. To ward off potential outages, identify which areas are most suspect. Take inventory of all electrical sources and of which may need help to be protected in case of severe storms and outages. These typically include elevators, alarms systems, and any other electrical lines. Your sewer lines can also be impacted by a blackout, so it’s important to keep this in mind.
Just like your home, you need to be prepared for inclement weather this season. Plan ahead and take the necessary steps to safeguard your business from a blackout.
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing.