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Does Your Business Have a Lot to Lose During a Power Outage?

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Although the electrical grid is usually reliable and utility services on point, outages can and do occur. This can be an inconvenience to many residential customers, but it can be a serious problem for commercial users. So, if you haven't got a plan B in such a situation, what may be at risk, and what should you do about it?

Anxious Customers

Some organisations rely on regular contact with their customers as part of a backup service, and in this case, they absolutely cannot afford to be off-line. Some of those customers may not have been affected by the outage at all and will not understand why they suddenly cannot get through. They may become particularly nervous, and should this happen again, may decide to jump to a competitor.

Potential Data Loss

Alternatively, you may rely on a trove of electronic data that is stored on local machines. While you should certainly try and have a backup in the cloud, a sudden electrical outage may cause you to lose data that was being worked on at the time. This could affect your normal operation when a backup power source would allow you to save your current data and turn everything off properly to review the situation.

Hit to the Bottom Line

Of course, you may not rely on virtual customer service or data processing at all but may nevertheless suffer if you cannot generate old-fashioned income. Some companies need to stay online 24 hours a day, and a major outage could immediately affect revenues and the bottom line.

Loss of Productivity and Competitive Advantage

An outage will undoubtedly affect productivity and put you at a disadvantage. You may have to call employees in on overtime to catch up, which will raise your costs at the same time as you have to "eat" the losses during the outage. When you are struggling to keep up with your competitors, this can be a tough pill to swallow.

Backup Installation

When you look at everything in this scenario and consider all the risks, it makes perfect sense to get a backup source. A commercial electrician can help install and connect a generator that will immediately trip on should the mains supply be interrupted. They'll assess your specific needs and recommend the right product.

At the very least, this will allow you to save data and put in place any contingencies you may have for just such an emergency.