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What Exactly Is Load Bank Testing?

May 20, 2019 9:13:34 AM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in Losing power, Alternate light sources, maintenance, safety is key, generator, hazard prevention, generator maintenance, commercial generator, Power Outage, Commercial, Residential

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Top 5 Spring Power Risks

Apr 12, 2019 9:45:13 AM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in Insider, Prolonged power outage, Losing power, Alternate light sources, maintenance, Purchasing a Generator, Preserve your freezer, safety is key, generator, hazard prevention, commercial generator, Power Outage, Residential

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What Is Fuel Polishing?

Mar 21, 2019 3:50:56 PM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in Insider, Losing power, maintenance, safety is key, generator, generator maintenance, commercial generator, Commercial, Residential

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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. 

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How to Prioritize Appliances During an Outage: Food & Beverage Industry

Mar 1, 2019 4:05:11 PM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in Losing power, maintenance, safety is key, generator, hazard prevention, generator maintenance, commercial generator, Power Outage, Winter

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If you’re in the food and beverage industry and you’ve ever experienced a power outage, then you’re familiar with the danger they pose.

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Winter Weather in the Northeast: Staying Powered Up Through February

Feb 7, 2019 9:43:46 AM / by Kristopher Schwind posted in Prolonged power outage, Losing power, maintenance, safety is key, generator, hazard prevention, generator maintenance, Power Outage, Winter, Residential

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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.

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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 Prolonged power outage, Losing power, safety is key, hazard prevention, generator maintenance, Power Outage, Winter, Commercial, Residential

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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 Losing power, Purchasing a Generator, Preserve your freezer, safety is key, hazard prevention, generator maintenance, commercial generator, Power Outage, Winter, Commercial, Load Bank Testing

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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 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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