Is Your Commercial Property Prepared For A Power Cut? – Elite

Running a commercial property can be a stressful process involving preparation, hard work and effective time management.

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Expect The Unexpected

Unfortunately, even the most experienced and effective businesses can fall victim to power cuts. There are many reasons that a power cut may strike your commercial property.

For example, the local power grid may go down due to damages or another unit on the same lot as you may have caused a short circuit.

Whatever the reason, a power cut is likely to have a domino effect on other operating systems for a business, especially if it happens during trading hours.

Does Lost Power = Lost Revenues?

If you’re a shop owner you won’t be able to carry on operating without the till system for example. If you’re a food storage company or restaurant you may have to throw away hundreds or even thousands of pounds of spoilt food if the refrigeration units don’t have a backup supply.

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If you own a hotel you may get several complaints from guests who are angry about having to walk around in the dark or are unable to use the air con or heating system.

With major mechanical and electrical systems, power cuts that affect these critical operating components are better managed with back up generators.

These are just a few of the potential problems that a power cut poses – being prepared can help to reduce the impact and get your business back up and running sooner rather than later.

This list of tips and suggestions will help you determine if your commercial property is prepared for a power cut or not…

The Benefits of Emergency Lighting

Depending when the power cut strikes, you may be stuck walking around in the dark if you don’t have back up lighting in place.

If your commercial property has a warehouse or areas without natural light it’s important you have lighting devices such as torches in place to find your way around and avoid injury.

There are plenty of products available on the market including battery-powered sensor lights which turn on when there is no other light in the room.

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Have a Plan of Action

Preparation is key when it comes to being ready for a power cut. This means that everyone in the building must be aware of what to do if the power drops and the lights go out.

Working in commercial premises means it’s important that everything of value is secured and locked away.  

Any security cameras you have will be down and the lights will be out which means you may be at risk from potential thieves. For safety reasons, it’s also important that everyone who works in the property is aware of where to go, what to do and the location of torches in the event of a power cut.

Do You Need A Generator?

If you want to eliminate the threat of a power cut altogether a generator is the best way to keep your property lit up when everywhere else goes dark.

Depending on the nature of your business you may not want to risk pausing operations even if it is just for an hour or two.

A backup generator that runs on an independent circuit will give you the power you need to keep things up and running even in the event that the main grid goes down.

If you are concerned about the loss of power for your commercial business premises, speak to the experts at Elite today. our team will be happy to set up a consultation to discuss your concerns and structure a solution to ensure your business continues to operate even in the darkest hours of a power cut.

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For further information on commercial mechanical and electrical systems or to take advantage of our free 30-minute specification consultation please contact the Elite team on 0114 269 3162 or email office@elitemechanicalservices.co.uk

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