11 Jun Protecting Your Business Against a Power Outage
Power outages can significantly affect a business. Whatever the cause, these inevitable occurrences can damage electrical devices and result in a loss of electronic documents and data. In order to prepare and protect your business in the event of a power outage, we’ve compiled some simple steps you can take.
Backup Your Data:
Power outages can affect your computers one way or another. Therefore, keeping a hard drive stored with all your documents and data can be a God send. Not only will this backup protect everything on your servers, these hard drives are also helpful in other situations like archiving old documents that take up disk space
Have a Backup Generator Handy:
A generator will kick in when your power supply fails. If fully charged, this will allow you to keep your computers, phone lines and other appliances running until the power connection is reinstated. This is especially vital for businesses in the hospitality industry, where losing power could cost you days of sales due to loss of supply in fridges and freezers. TIP: Check your insurances and make sure you’re covered for loss of power – it’s a real thing!
Installing Surge Protectors:
If you do have a power outage, the moment that the electricity is restored can be very dangerous to your electrical equipment without surge protectors. The advantage of surge protectors is that they will absorb any over voltage, reducing the risk of damage to any electronic devices and appliances that are plugged into a wall. If you do not have surge protectors, the safest way to protect your devices is to unplug them during a power outage. Just like last week – did you know that you can get cover for power surges on your insurance? Make sure you talk to your broker about this, even with surge protectors!
Have an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Plugged In to Every Computer:
This is a great device to have when the power goes out. A UPS gives you time to save your work and safely shut down your computers to ensure that no data is lost. These can take around 8 hours to charge, so it is a good idea to keep them plugged in at all times so that they are ready for an unexpected outage.