If you’ve ever experienced a power outage for an extended period of time, you know just how important a standby generator is—especially if you manage a mission-critical facility, such as a hospital.Read More
Winters are, simply put, tough in the Northeast. Snowstorms, ice storms, and dangerously low temperatures—all of which can easily cause a power outage—are all too common.
Just a few months ago, an early-winter snow storm caused more than 400,000 power outages in the Northeast and New England. Then, just last week, a polar vortex swept through the Midwest and Northeast, threatening to break low temperature records originally set in the 1800s. Over 36,000 Illinois residents were left without power, as well as 13,000 in Indiana and 8,000 in Wisconsin.
With February here, we’re officially in the dead of winter—and, arguably, in the Northeast’s worst winter month.
Because of this, it’s important to ensure that your home or business is adequately powered up to prevent risking the harm and safety of your loved ones and/or employees, should a power outage occur.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for ensuring that companies are running safe, healthy workplaces.
Every single week, OSHA drops in unannounced on an average of 1,000 employers to conduct a surprise inspection. With jurisdiction over roughly 7 million worksites, that may very well include your business.
So, how can you prepare for one of these unexpected visits?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.
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
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:Read More
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: