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Are You Prepared for an OSHA Inspection?

Dec 4, 2018 10:47:32 AM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in hazard prevention, Prolonged power outage, Residential

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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?

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How to Prepare for Hurricanes in the Northeast

Nov 1, 2018 1:20:46 PM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in hazard prevention, Prolonged power outage, Residential

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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 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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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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How to Check Your Generator During a Storm

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

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

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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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