Ten seconds—that’s the amount of time that power must be restored to life safety systems in the event of a power outage, per NFPA 110.
If you’re in the healthcare industry, we don’t have to tell you the immense difference that 10 seconds can make when it comes to life and death situations—you face hundreds, if not thousands, of them every day.
When it comes to saving human lives, every second counts, leaving no time for power failure.Read More
October may have just arrived, but winter weather is right around the corner. According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, the Northeast can expect an unseasonably warm, wet winter—but don't be fooled by the higher-than-average temperatures. We're looking at a significant amount of precipitation, which—combined with still-cold winter weather—creates a perfect storm for inclement weather emergencies.
Be prepared to survive a winter power outage. Make sure your home, your business, and your family are ready for the worst this winter with this emergency checklist.
For hoteliers, unexpected power outages can be devastating. Hospitality standards in the United States are high—and when guests encounter trouble with their stay, hotel staff need to find creative solutions to keep their guests comfortable, safe, and satisfied.
It may seem hard to believe, but the historic Northeast Blackout of 2003 that affected roughly 45 million people and cost the state of New York roughly $3 billion in losses had at least one positive impact: It led the hospitality industry to reevaluate how prepared—more accurately, unprepared—hotels are for power outages.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More