Recurring Power Outage in Kenmore Highlights Need for Power Protection

April 12, 2017

By Michael Guta - Contributing Writer

Power outages take place even in cities with the best infrastructure. Until a more full-proof system is designed, transmission stations will fail, lightening will burn transformers and some rodent will inevitably be responsible for an outage somewhere. But for the people of Kenmore, Washington, the problem is an infrastructure issue that has been responsible for recurring outages. And with so many sensitive electronic and computing devices now part of the way we live and work, the people of Kenmore can ensure they are safe with power protection equipment.

The problem, according to Tatevik Aprikyan of Q13Fox, has been building gradually as more people settled in the city and the lifeline of the infrastructure that was deployed in the 1950s comes to an end. An employee of the power company for the region, Puget Sound Energy, told Aprikyan, “We certainly understand that some of the circuits in the area need significant repair and replacement and that’s what we’re doing to bring Kenmore back on par with the rest of our communities.”

The company is in the process of upgrading the infrastructure by moving lines from backyards onto main roads so technicians can get easy access when there is an outage by rerouting 3,000 feet of aerial wire and replacing 500 feet of underground cable.

Whether you live in Kenmore, where there are known power outage issues, or elsewhere, using the right power protection solution can prevent a lot of headaches. In the home, computers, smart TVs, tablets, phones and other consumer electronics are susceptible to damage when power suddenly goes out and it comes back on. And servers, peripherals, voice and data communication systems, security systems and other mission-critical equipment are just as vulnerable for businesses without power protection.

Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) will ensure these devices are protected during an outage by supplying enough power to initiate proper shutdown protocols. With the right service provider, this can be achieved remotely, so the data on your computers don't run the risk of being corrupted or deleted.

In choosing the right UPS, first it is important to find out the total load of the devices you are protecting and the UPS type, which can be Standby, Line Interactive or On-Line. You can then select the input and output voltage, minimum and maximum runtime, and even growth. While this is not an option with all suppliers, the Minuteman UPS Selection Tool powered by SizeMyUPS provides an invaluable solution that will make sure you get the right UPS.

The online SizeMyUPS interface is easy to use, but the value of the service it provides can't be stressed enough in finding the exact amount of UPS protection you will need. 

Edited by Alicia Young