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How to Prepare for Summer Brownouts

Jul 3, 2018 1:07:03 PM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in Prolonged power outage, Losing power, maintenance, Purchasing a Generator, Preserve your freezer, safety is key, generator, hazard prevention, generator maintenance, commercial generator, Power Outage, Commercial, Residential

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If you’ve been in the tri-state area for the last few days, you’ll know that summer brownouts are a very real threat to homes, businesses, and public municipalities. We’re in the middle of what may turn out to be the longest heat wave to hit the tri-state area in over 50 years.

 

Both the New York City Emergency Management Department and Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection issued warnings regarding heat exposure and elevated ozone layers. Heat advisories and air quality alerts have also been issued by the National Weather Service.

 

When it comes to high temperatures, the risk of brownouts increases drastically. Make sure you and your family are prepared in the event of an outage with an emergency backup power plan.

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What We Can Learn from the Worst Power Outage in U.S. History

Jun 21, 2018 8:38:00 AM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in Prolonged power outage, Losing power, maintenance, Purchasing a Generator, Preserve your freezer, safety is key, generator, hazard prevention, generator maintenance, commercial generator, Power Outage, Commercial, Residential

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The largest blackout in U.S. history by far was Hurricane Maria, which left hundreds of thousands of residents in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands without power for more than 100 days total. This was not only the biggest, but also the longest blackout in U.S. history.

 

When Hurricane Maria hit, Puerto Rico was still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma (the 4th largest blackout) from only two weeks prior—meaning roughly 80,000 people were already without power as Maria approached.

 

The real takeaways can be gleaned from the aftermath. Roughly three weeks after the hurricane subsided, 58% of waste water treatment plants were relying on backup generators for power, and only a quarter of hospitals had functioning electricity.

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How Food & Beverage Industry Leaders Can Prepare for Power Outages

Jun 7, 2018 8:58:00 AM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in maintenance, Preserve your freezer, safety is key, generator, hazard prevention, generator maintenance, commercial generator, Power Outage, Winter, Commercial

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For businesses in any industry, power outages put operations in serious jeopardy. For the food and beverage industry, however, a power failure can mean total devastation.

 

Blackouts and brownouts cost Americans an estimated $150 billion a year in spoiled food, lost productivity, and other costs. Restaurants, grocery stores, and wholesale distributors rely on electricity to keep the lights on, exhaust fans going, and refrigeration running.

 

Without an emergency backup power plan, food and beverage businesses put their customers, their products, and their profits at risk. On the other hand, the businesses that do manage to stay up and running will have the opportunity to capitalize on the situation.

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6 Reasons Why Maintenance Contracts are a Must for Your Generator

May 17, 2018 8:04:00 AM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in generator, generator maintenance, commercial generator, Commercial

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You invested in peace of mind during an outage when you bought your standby generator. But why invest in emergency backup power if it doesn’t work when you need it most?

 

Here are six reasons why your standby generator deserves an Annual Service Contract.

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Top 5 Standby Generators for Homes & Businesses

May 3, 2018 8:59:00 AM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in generator, generator maintenance, commercial generator, Commercial

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As a leading generator repair and service company, we know quality when we see it. We've worked with every make and model in the business, and over the years, we've compiled a list of the top 5 standby generators in our professional opinions.

 

Here are the leading standby generator options for residents, businesses, and government facilities, including specific benefits for residential and commercial customers.

 

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What Happens When the Power Cuts Out at a Medical Facility?

Apr 19, 2018 11:13:00 AM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in Prolonged power outage, Losing power, Alternate light sources, generator, hazard prevention, generator maintenance, commercial generator, Power Outage, Winter, Commercial

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For medical facilities, emergency power plans are a matter of life or death.

 

When an outage occurs at a hospital, urgent care, or other medical facility, the effects can be life-threatening. Vital services and equipment like medical ventilators, incubators, and dialysis machines rely on electricity to function—and patients rely on them to survive. Loss of HVAC, water pressure, sterilization technology, and refrigeration capabilities can also be devastating for medical facilities.

 

We’ve talked about preventing power failure in hospitals and assisted living facilities previously, but it’s important to know the impact of a worse-case scenario.

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Unexpected Causes of Power Outages

Mar 29, 2018 5:12:56 PM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in maintenance, safety is key, generator, hazard prevention, generator maintenance, commercial generator, Power Outage, Commercial, Residential

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Most of us expect power outages to occur during severe weather. According to the Edison Electric Institute, roughly 70% of outages in the United States occur due to natural causes. 

 

Here are the top natural causes of power outages ranked by frequency: 

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How to Check Your Generator During a Storm

Mar 6, 2018 11:18:11 AM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in maintenance, safety is key, generator, hazard prevention, generator maintenance, commercial generator, Commercial, Residential

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5 Signs That Your Standby Generator Needs a Tune-Up

Feb 15, 2018 9:27:00 AM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in maintenance, safety is key, generator, hazard prevention, generator maintenance, commercial generator, Commercial, Residential

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Purchasing and installing your standby generator is only the first step of an effective emergency power plan. Regular maintenance is a must for residential, commercial, and public facilities that rely on generators for backup power in the event of an outage.  

 

So how do you know when your generator needs some TLC? Don’t get caught in the dark. Keep an eye out for these signs that your generator needs a tune-up: 


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Bank On It: Why Load Bank Testing is A Vital Part of Commercial Emergency Planning

Jan 15, 2018 10:28:00 AM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in Commercial, Load Bank Testing

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Don’t wait until it’s too late to test your commercial standby generator. Load bank testing is the only way to check whether or not your back-up power supply will be up and running in the event of an outage.

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