When we think about the summer months, we tend to think about the good things associated with it—going to the beach, sitting by the pool, going to picnics and barbeques, and just an overall sunny, happy time. We like to conveniently forget about the not so fun aspects of summer, like the occasional intense thunderstorm that seems to shake our houses. Who wants to focus on the bad times, when we can think about the good times? Unfortunately, those thunderstorms, intense rainstorms, occasional hurricanes and animals tend to cause power outages that can sometimes last for days. Companies like Con Edison make it their job to think about these components so that they can get the power back up and running as soon as possible when outages occur.
Residents of Brooklyn and Queens just underwent the unpleasant experience of having no power thanks to a manhole fire that blacked out more than 100 customers overnight. Con Edison got to work as soon as possible investigating what caused the multiple outages, which at its peak affected 700 customers. Thanks to the heat, customers reported that it was hard to sleep with no power because they had no air conditioners or fans to help cool down their homes. Con Ed worked through the night to restore power to the hundreds of people without power. The city was also prepared with cooling centers for people needing relief from the heat.
With a heat wave upon us and several days in a row being in the 90s range, it’s safe to assume that thunderstorms are just around the corner, which often means power loss. Con Ed strongly suggests that you stay safe and prepare for this possibility by reducing power consumption. These safety tips and precautions apply to both your home and place of business. Power protection is essential for any company that runs on computers. If your business does not have a backup generator, it would be wise to invest in reliable power protection, which will give your business an uninterruptable power supply.
Why is power protection important? UPS technology weighs in on this question by noting that it’s essential to making sure your employees don’t lose all of their work when the power cuts. Many people don’t regularly save or backup their work, so an unexpected computer shutdown could potentially result in the loss of hours of work. The computers themselves are also kept safe with power protection because spikes in power are eliminated, so the computers won’t be receiving any shocks to their systems. Since computers are staying on, modems are also able to be kept online. As a result, online transactions and sales can continue to run smoothly, resulting in no loss of business due to a power outage. Finally, overall downtime is minimized. Typically when a bad storm starts and the lights go out, everyone runs around checking computers, fridges, lights and much more. Without the worry of a power outage, employees can continue on with their work without worrying or preparing for the worst.
Although summer has just started, places like Brooklyn and Queens are already experiencing the negative effects that go along with losing power when you’re unprepared. By following Con Ed and UPS’ advice, you can help protect your home and business from damaging power outages.