UPS Protect Companies from Unexpected Outages

June 01, 2017

By Alicia Young - Web Editor

With spring in full bloom and summer right around the corner, power outages are becoming more and more common. As the weather warms up, thunderstorms start to occur more often, animals come out of hibernation and drivers seem to forget how to operate their vehicles safely in favor of rolling the windows down.

All of these yearly occurrences caused power outages this past weekend. Powerful thunderstorms caused outages in numerous homes across the Miami Valley on Friday. Meanwhile, nearly 3,000 homes in Huber Heights lost power when a car ran into a pole in the early morning hours. An additional 5,500 homes lost power in Greene County during the day due to storms and a car accident. And finally, The Medical Center at Elizabeth Place in Dayton experienced a small outage, leaving the building and 162 neighboring homes without power. The outage was caused by a bird that damaged an air-break switch, causing those homes to lose power for an hour.

Clearly, there are plenty of factors that contribute to power outages. It’s impossible to prepare for each and every event—you never know when a bird might damage a power line or an accident might occur. Even more unfortunate is your inability to tell how long the resulting power outages will last. Some businesses and home are lucky, like those in Dayton who only experienced an hour long outage. Other places experience outages for hours or even days at a time.

Whether you’re concerned about short or longer outages, the fact remains the same that the only real way to prepare is to invest in power protection. Yes, small business owners should always have a backup plan in place in case of outages—can they move their business operations elsewhere during the outage, how can they notify customers, etc.—but it’s also important to make sure equipment is protected as well. That’s a point that often gets overlooked, and results in some hefty bills when companies have to pay to fix or replace damaged equipment.

Everything business owners have in the office is an investment, from printers to laptops. When an unexpected power outage occurs, that equipment can be severely damaged from not being shut off properly. Not to mention the amount of data that’s often lost due to unsaved work. By investing in power protection such as uninterruptable power supplies (UPS), companies can ensure that their equipment and data stays safe by preventing surging and allowing employees to properly shut everything down. 

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