Coughing Fit Causes Power Outage

February 14, 2017

By Alicia Young - Web Editor

Once we get over the beauty of the first snowfall, those of us living in parts of the world where the winter months mean cold weather and lots of snow, quickly start looking forward to spring. For the most part, winter weather is harmless. You may get snowed in, and the power may occasionally go out due to a bad storm. These things are expected, and (smart) people tend to prepare accordingly. What’s not expected, though, is a power outage that’s caused due to a bad cold.

Even if you live in a sunny part of the world, like Florida, winter weather is still a bit colder than normal, and with that chill comes all sorts of sicknesses—colds, flu, sore throats, etc. For one unlucky driver in Miami County, his cold caused a coughing fit that made him crash and knock over a utility pole. Even more unfortunate, that accident knocked out power for more than 1,300 Dayton Power and Light customers. By 5 p.m., power had been restored to about 500 customers, but there were still 824 without power.

As a result of this coughing fit, companies were without power for quite some time during what should have been normal operating hours. Power was out for at least two hours, and if businesses weren’t prepared with power protection in place, that was a solid two hours of no work being done.

While it’s possible to prepare for a bad storm, there’s no way for companies to know when something like this accident is going to happen. Without warning, there’s no time to backup files or plan accordingly. Instead, companies without UPS in place are forced to shut down operations for an undetermined amount of time.

Without UPS, there are no guarantees that power will stay up and running all day, every day. Who knows when someone might hit a utility pole? What is guaranteed during a power outage, though, is wasted time and lost revenue. In my opinion, that’s not worth the risk. So why not guarantee power protection and invest in UPS systems?

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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