Practical Power Outage Emergency Plans for Commercial Buildings

Power outages caused by storms, animal interference, human error, and other factors cost the US millions of dollars annually. Thus, power outages are quite disastrous for any business and can lead to lost customers, lost productivity, and lost revenue.

Devising a Smart Emergency Plan

Power outages are unpredictable, and every business owner should be prepared for unforeseen events. Therefore, it is important to develop a concise plan of what your employees and tenants must do in the eventuality of power outages.

In commercial buildings, it is important to have an evacuation plan and a designated safe meeting location. The selected meeting area should have adequate ventilation, emergency lighting, and power supplies.

If you want to be immune to the adverse effects of power outages, consider incorporating the following emergency plans for building power outages.

1. Have a Backup Generator

Maintenance of business continuity after a disaster is paramount and it minimizes losses suffered. Having a backup generator that is pre-configured to automatically turn on after power loss ensures that businesses run smoothly despite the looming disaster.

2. Ensure Your Electronics are Protected

When power restoration occurs after a power outage period, the current flow might have a specific electrical surge. The surge can be quite harmful to your electronics and can quickly destroy or damage the devices. To safeguard your electronics from such events:

  • Protect your electronics with surge protectors.
  • Ensure your computers have functioning battery backup systems. The systems will ensure the computers do not automatically shut down after a power outage. Consequently, it will give you ample time to shut down the machines and save your files correctly.

3. Take Preventive Precautions for Your Building

During power outages, there are an innumerable number of risks associated. Any vulnerabilities in the power line or faulty equipment may cause fire hazards. To mitigate such risks and decrease your building’s chances of experiencing power outages, you can incorporate the following measures:

  • Trim tree branches close to the building and electrical equipment
  • Install lightning arresters
  • Have faulty equipment repaired
  • Install Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard systems

Landlords should have strategic plans to deal with power outages to safeguard the tenants and protect the buildings. Tenants should also be proactive in communicating to the landlords about emergency plans.

How Critter Guard Can Help

At Critter Guard, our Line Guard and Pole Guard products are designed to help prevent animal-related power outages at homes and commercial buildings around the world. To learn more about how our humane wildlife control products can protect your building from power outages, contact us today!