Power Protection Helps Businesses Prepare for the Unexpected

May 04, 2017

By Alicia Young - Web Editor

When you hear about a power outage, there’s likely a list of potential causes that runs through your head. We’re used to hearing about power outages caused by snowstorms, thunderstorms, hungry animals and even car accidents. What’s nice about most of these causes is that you can prepare for them. People and businesses tend to break out the generators during the winter and summer months, when weather is known for knocking out power and squirrels start to think that power lines look tasty. However, it’s impossible to be prepared for every scenario, especially when the cause of the outage is a bit bizarre.

Businesses in San Bernardino, for instance, this week were unprepared to have metallic-coated balloons knock out their power for several hours. On Sunday night, 12,085 homes and businesses had their power cut because said metallic-coated balloons melted lines and impacted 13 circuits. The massive outage occurred at 10:10 p.m. and authorities were hoping to have power fully restored by 3 p.m. the next day.

The fact that metallic-coated balloons caused such a huge power outage just goes to show that you never know what will knock out power. I mean honestly, who would have thought that little metallic balloons—not even hot air balloons—could cause that kind of outage? It’s impossible to be prepared for every single bizarre scenario that may pop up, which is why it’s so important to invest in power protection for your business.

According to reports, some businesses in the San Bernardino area were without power from 10:10 p.m. on Sunday to 3 p.m. the next day. That’s almost an entire business day lost if those businesses did not have some sort of power protection in place. Without uninterruptable power supplies (UPS), those businesses would have lost a complete day of work, because operations would be unable to run. No operations means no revenue, and that’s certainly not good for business.

You may think that these businesses were lucky, because the outage occurred overnight so no data would have been lost. Computers were all likely shut off, so employees didn’t have to worry about losing unsaved work. However, other equipment that stays powered on all night—copiers, printers, etc.— can be fried when the power surges back on, which can lead to unnecessary repair costs.

All in all, too many things can go wrong for businesses that don’t invest in power protection. There’s no way of knowing when or how an outage will occur, and equipment isn’t safe from surges even if it’s turned off. So why take that chance? Consider investing in power protection instead.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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