Lights Out: 3 Power Outage Tips for Small Businesses

As winter storms become more frequent this season, many business owners worry about the potentially detrimental impact on their organizations. Power outages are common results of thunderstorms, tornados, and other inclement weather situations. Despite being so common, power outages can pose significant threats to business operations.

While power outages can mildly inconvenience large corporations, a power interruption can cause significant strain on a smaller business. Here are three power outage tips for small businesses that can mitigate the impact of an interruption.

Have an Emergency Kit Readily Accessible

Power outages can be daunting experiences; without electricity, employees may struggle to navigate the premises or experience injury. An emergency kit stocked with first aid supplies, flashlights, emergency water, and other items is beneficial and can better prepare you for an inclement weather situation that results in a power outage.

Keep this kit in an accessible location and train employees on how to use it efficiently during emergencies.

Know How To Operate Your Generator

While every business needs a backup generator, you should know how to operate a backup power unit safely during an outage. A generator can allow your business to run its critical elements efficiently during a power outage.

Avoid plugging connections directly into outlets when operating a unit since it can potentially injure employees. Refrain from operating generators under wet, damp conditions, and allow units to cool completely before refueling.

Invest in Surge Protection

There’s nothing more frustrating for a small business owner than to witness a power outage that damages their equipment. Regardless of your industry, equipment can be a costly investment. A power outage can create surges that damage the hardware.

Surge protectors keep computers, machinery, and other hardware from malfunctioning during sudden voltage changes and cost significantly less than replacements.

Power interruptions are responsible for revenue loss, operation halts, and equipment damages across many industries. When experiencing a “lights out” situation, it helps to know these small business power outage tips so you can mitigate the impact of downed networks and equipment.

By Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.