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Back-Up Power Generators Keep Operations Up and Running

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 13, 2020
South Shore Generators - Generac Industrial Generators

Every businesses relies on electricity.When power outages strike, it is important that your business stays operational when the competition cannot. When there is a power outage caused by a winter storm in the area, business owners can rely on power generators to help keep commercial operations up and running.

Most businesses in Massachusetts relay on owning a back up power generator. While there is an initial expense for the outlay of cash for the purchase, owning a back-up power supply eliminates the additional expense of downtime.

Power loss translates to profit loss because output is delayed. This is reason enough to opt for back-up power. In Massachusetts and all of New England, power outages are not uncommon and network downtime can often last for days. In order to keep businesses up and running during these outages, business owners can choose reliable and efficient portable generators and the related power generation equipment for business continuity. Generators provide foolproof, temporary power solutions in the absence of electric power.

For more details, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Power Outage Leaves LaGuardia without Power Last Winter

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 09, 2019
South Shore Generator - Wareham, MA

Remember last January? A spectacular light show caused by an electrical emergency in Queens created panic at LaGuardia Airport.

Airline passengers were left in the dark inside the transit hub’s terminals. Runways were also temporarily shuttered following the Con Edison voltage monitor malfunction which illuminated the New York skyline with an eerie blue-green hue.

The 13 minute power outage delayed some 15 flights from taking off for up to an hour and rerouted nine planes to other airports.

It makes you wonder how an airport the size of LaGuardia, in a city the size of New York, could be shut down from a power outage? Shouldn’t there be an uninterrupted source of power on backup to keep the airport running right away?

“A power outage of this nature could happen at any airport,” LaGuardia General Manager Lysa Scully said.

But thousands of people were taken off guard.

Nearby, Rikers Island prison had no sustained power outage because of its backup system.

LaGuardia has backup power, but it’s basically emergency backup power and not really a backup system that would allow the LaGuardia Airport to operate safely.

The runways were closed for 13 minutes as a precaution to make sure everything was safe.

LaGuardia went through a rebuilding, but no backup power system was installed. So what’s the plan going forward to prevent what happened last week from happening again?

“Having LaGuardia backup generators that allowed LaGuardia to function is something that we’re going to further explore,” the governor said.

For more information on backup power, because outages can happen anywhere at anytime, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: CBS New York

Portable Generators Are Economical Power Solutions During Outages

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 28, 2019
South Shore Generator - Kohler Pro7.5e portable generator

Power outages are constant threat when running a business, big or small. In order to prevent downtime in your business’ operation, especially during peak demand, business owners and operators should invest in portable commercial generators.

In businesses with tight production deadlines, it is imperative to be able to remain up-and-running despite unplanned outages. Deadlines must be met without interruption or delay. The effects can be devastating when an unexpected and prolonged power failure occurs. Power outages cause costly production delays and damage to credibility. Portable generators provide effective and immediate solutions to these critical situations.

It makes financial sense, especially for small businesses, businesses trying to infiltrate a market, or businesses with critical operations to consider portable generators. Contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA for more information.

Generators Keep Business Running During a Power Outage

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 22, 2019
South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA - Portable Generators

For companies, a power outage can be catastrophic to sales goals. They disrupt operations and can cause damage to equipment. Worse, they almost always result in decreased profits. All business operations rely on electric power. Fortunately, there are backup portable generators that can be used for safe and effective temporary power solutions.

During unexpected events or planned maintenance generator rentals will keep business running during an outage. Companies have the option to purchase backup generators for contingency usage.

Power interruptions are an inconvenience when business managers are caught off-guard. For all types of businesses, the best way to deal with an unexpected power outage is a backup generator. Closing during an outage is not an option for companies with a large customer base so it is imperative to have portable generators in place.

To find out more about portable generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Generators Provide Power During Winter Storms

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 15, 2019
South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA

Power outages can be very stressful for businesses, especially during the winter. Strong winds and heavy snowfalls uproot poles and damage power lines. Oftentimes, power cannot be immediately restored because of the extent of the damage. In these scenarios, companies should have generators in place for backup emergency power.

Portable generators are strategically engineered to function optimally even over extended use. In the situations when power outages extend for longer periods, portable generators provide the needed back-up power for businesses to keep operations up and running.

Businesses can keep refrigeration, theft prevention systems, heat, and servers running with back-up commercial generators during winter storms. For winter power you can depend on, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Winter Weather Generator Care FAQ

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 07, 2019
South Shore Generator - Kohler Pro7.5e portable generator

Fall is here and soon winter storms will bring strong, damaging winds, heavy snowfall, significant icing and coastal flooding. We've put together a list of FAQs to help homeowners ensure their KOHLER generators are ready for severe winter weather and impending power outages.

Q: Do I need to clear the snow from the intake and exhaust vents?

A: YES - It is essential for generator cooling. Permanent damage is possible if the unit overheats.

Q: How do I manually "power off" the generator set?

A: Open the generator hood or access door and flip the circuit breaker to the "off" position (you'll find the breaker near the digital controller). This shuts off power to the house (the load). It's a good idea to run the generator with no load for 2-5 minutes. Then press the "off" button on the controller.

Q: How long can my generator run before I need to check the oil?

A: We recommend checking the oil level after every 8-24 hours of operation, depending on the size and model of the generator. Oil change and filter change frequency and other routine maintenance varies per model, especially during periods of extended power outage. Check the Operation Manual included with your generator for a complete list of required maintenance procedures and schedules.

Q: How do I check the engine oil?

A: (1) Power off the generator and let the engine sit for two minutes to settle the oil. Pull the dipstick from the back of the engine and wipe with a clean rag. Insert the dipstick back into the dipstick tube and pull it out. Note the crosshatching on the end of the dipstick, from "F" (Full) to "L" (Low), and see where the oil level falls. Add oil if the dipstick indicates that the oil level is low. (See What type of oil should I use in my generator?)

(2) Locate the yellow oil-access cap on the front of the engine (look for the oil can icon). Add a few ounces of oil, then recheck the oil level by inserting and removing the dipstick. Add oil until the level is near "F." Do not overfill the engine.

(3) When you're finished adding oil, make sure the dipstick and oil access cap are securely in place. Push the AUTO button to place the generator back in standby mode. If the utility power is still out, the generator will start within three seconds. After the generator starts, move the circuit breaker to the ON position so the generator is now supplying power to the house.

For more details on generators for back-up power, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: kohlerpower.com

Generators as Back-up Power This Winter

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 30, 2019
South Shore Generators - Wareham, Boston, MA

In business, there can be no shortage in power. Competition is fierce, so companies must remain operating even during outages. However, unexpected events happen. During storms or system maintenance, companies can make use of backup commercial generators for back-up power.

Another application for portable generators is when back-up power is needed for supplemental purposes and when under maintenance instead of using facility loads. With backup industrial generators in place, power to the building will not be impaired by unexpected trips in the system.

Competition in business is tough and each company must be prepared. By choosing to put-in-place back-up generators, companies will not suffer losses from outages. Buying standby generators is practical for businesses that want to minimize business costs due to outages. Power outages and other emergency situations occur randomly and unexpectedly, be prepared.

For more details on generators for back-up power, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Stay Vigilant During Hurricane Season

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 30, 2019

Atlantic hurricane season can last through November. Before a storm strikes, make sure you and your family are prepared:

  • Build an emergency kit with essential items you and your family will need for at least 72 hours.
  • Charge your mobile phone and have a supplemental accessory battery to recharge it. Add any key numbers you might need during a potential power outage to your phone’s contact list.
  • Stay as far away as possible from fallen tree limbs and downed electrical wires, as well as anything they are touching. Notify local fire, police and Eversource about downed power lines.
  • If you do lose power, unplug your appliances to reduce the likelihood of a power surge when electricity returns.
  • Download the Eversource mobile app from the App Store or Google Play and make it a part of your storm preparation kit to check on outages and restoration times.

We’re always working to improve our system, including making significant investments in automated switching to reroute power during outages and restore as many customers as possible more quickly than before.

Need help planning for emergencies? Contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Backup Power in Healthcare Requires Correct Connectivity for Outage Protection

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 23, 2019
South Shore Generators - Wareham, Boston, MA

A careful assessment helps hospitals to strengthen their systems

Even though the vast majority of U.S. hospitals are properly equipped with backup generators in case of a power outage in their area, one in 20 are not fully prepared for such an event, according to a recent survey of health care facility managers.

An outage would result in an estimated loss of $1 million a day in revenue and other costs plus a potentially damaged reputation that could impact future revenue.

Value engineering, the addition of more space to a facility and the age of the backup equipment are factors that can impact the correct backup power capacity, according to the report and health care facility experts.

Even though most hospitals have adequate backup power and conduct the required testing and maintenance of equipment, they still may not be ready for an outage for other reasons.

Unless or until an outage occurs, hospitals likely will not know which equipment or systems other than required life safety will function with just backup power.

During a long outage when a hospital is running on backup generators, things start to get exposed where you don't have the right elevators operating or you don't have the right hallways lit to transport patients in and out.

It's difficult to assess which systems are wired into the backup power supply until an outage occurs, and many hospitals don't do it because it is not required or they have not experienced an outage.

Making the outage readiness determination can be done internally, but it is time-consuming, labor-intensive and cost-prohibitive because of the work involved.

Instead, hospitals should take the next step, which goes beyond just keeping a generator at your facility, by addressing circuitry to the generator," he says.

The importance of ensuring fuel delivery for the backup power system in an emergency cannot be overstated.

To get fuel to your facility in an outage, you need to have some kind of plan or contract with a fuel delivery company to make sure you are on their list of customers they must serve. Many hospitals fail to do that.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA

Source: hfmmagazine.com

Start Your Business Continuity Plan

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 09, 2019
South Shore Generators in Wareham,MA

We see deadly tornadoes, severe flooding, unusually powerful storms that bring high winds and heavy rains, and a massive blizzards. Small business shutdowns were a common denominator for many of these disasters.

But it’s typically the random power outage or isolated burst pipe that causes costly business interruption. You can protect your assets, your employees and your clients by taking a few simple steps before disaster strikes:

  • Determine your greatest risk potential. It might come from loss of heat, frozen pipes (that can burst, causing water damage), or loss of access caused by icy conditions or flooding. What would happen if you had to shut down your business for several days? Look at the building where you do business and assess the property damage risks. If you do this early enough, you’ll have time to make structural upgrades that can prevent possible future storm, wind or water damage.
  • Establish your Power Needs. Have an electrician determine your power needs. Know what kind of back-up generator will work for you, but first find out if you have the landlord’s permission to bring in a generator.
  • Create a communications plan. Establish an e-mail alert system to keep your employees and key stakeholders in the loop. Use phone, texting and social media to provide updates on your recovery process and to let everyone know you’re still in business. Make sure you can access your business website and social media accounts remotely or by mobile device so you can post your operating status.
  • Prepare your supply chain. Develop relationships with alternative vendors, in case your primary contractor isn’t available. It’s also a good idea to find out if your key suppliers have a recovery plan in place. Create a contact list for important business contractors and vendors you plan to use in an emergency. Make sure you have enough insurance to recover. Contact your insurance agent to find out if your policy is adequate. Consider Business Interruption Insurance, which compensates you for lost income if you have to close your doors when disaster strikes.
  • Protect your critical data in the Cloud. A good cloud backup provider (some are Dropbox for Business, Google Drive, MozyPro), routinely copies, compresses and encrypts your company’s vital information before sending it to a secure offsite data center. All your electronic records and invoices are safe and available, even if a disaster wipes out your own data center.
  • Test the plan. Doing annual drills with your staff will show you what’s effective and where your preparedness plans need fine-tuning.

Need help planning for emergencies? Contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

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