Power Outage Means No Swimming On Hot Summer Day

July 01, 2019

By Erik Linask - Group Editorial Director

On a warm summer day, there’s little better than jumping in a refreshing pool to cool down.   Adults and children alike look forward to relaxing after a long day – or even in the middle of the day.  But residents in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, had to make alternative plans in the middle of the busy summer season, when the Selinsgrove Community Pool pool was unable to open due to a power outage.

The outage was the result of a powerful storm that swept through the area, downing tree limbs and causing other damage around the pool.  In addition to cleaning branches and debris left behind by the storm, which was completed by about 5:00pm Sunday, the outage meant filters were not able to circulate the water to maintain the right chemical balance in the pool.

The pool was closed all day Sunday, and remained closed through 3:30pm Monday, even though power was restored several hours earlier, to allow for the chemicals to circulate into the pool properly.

No doubt, many families were disappointed at not being able to use the pool for a few days.  It’s one of many inconveniences that come with power outages.  The hope, though, for any business, is that when power is restored, business can resume promptly.

However, if businesses haven’t installed power protection systems to regulate line voltage into their systems, they’re putting their ability to resume operations at risk.  Technology – servers, switches, communications platforms, firewalls, and more – all depend on tiny circuits to function.  But, power surges and other fluctuations can damage those circuits and take connected systems offline.  Despite the tiny size of the circuitry, the impact can be huge, since repairs can take days or even weeks.  Being out of operation for a few hours, or even a day or two is one thing – but several weeks can be devastating to any business.

The risk simply isn’t worth it.  Every business invests in its technology – they should also invest in protecting those systems from damage.

Edited by Erik Linask