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What You Need to Know About Fuel Scrubbing for Commercial Standby Generators

Jan 10, 2019 9:26:52 AM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in Prolonged power outage, Commercial, Power Outage, commercial generator, generator maintenance, maintenance, hazard prevention

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This Emergency Checklist Will Help Prepare You for Winter Weather

Oct 8, 2018 11:33:55 AM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in Winter, Power Outage, generator maintenance, hazard prevention, safety is key, Losing power, Prolonged power outage, Residential, Commercial

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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.

 

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How Hotels Should Prepare for Power Outages

Aug 7, 2018 5:01:06 PM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in Commercial, Load Bank Testing, Winter, Power Outage, commercial generator, generator maintenance, hazard prevention, safety is key, Preserve your freezer, Purchasing a Generator, Losing power

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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.

 

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How to Prepare for Summer Brownouts

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

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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 commercial generator, generator maintenance, generator, Commercial, Power Outage, maintenance, hazard prevention, safety is key, Preserve your freezer, Residential, Purchasing a Generator, Prolonged power outage, Losing power

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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 commercial generator, generator maintenance, generator, Commercial, Winter, Power Outage, maintenance, hazard prevention, safety is key, Preserve your freezer

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

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

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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 commercial generator, generator maintenance, maintenance, generator, safety is key, Residential, Commercial, Power Outage, hazard prevention

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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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Is Your Home Prepared for 5 Surprising Winter Power Outage Risks?

Dec 15, 2017 10:53:48 AM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in Power Outage, Winter

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Winter power outages are frustrating and dangerous. The most obvious risks include lack of heat, lighting, internet connectivity, and appliances. During prolonged outages, your household could experience frozen pipes, communication breakdowns, and even hypothermia.

 

Beyond these dangers, there are also some less-commonly known risks that create an unsafe environment for your family. Here are five things to consider. 

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