Without electricity, most businesses would come to a standstill. With that said however, most people forget that power outages can occur at any time – electricity is taken for granted.
Below, we have made an effort to help you so that you know what to do in the unfortunate scenario that your power goes down… So, what should you do?
Turn off all computers, appliances etc.
When your power goes down, be sure to turn off all computers and appliances for when the power comes back on. In the event of a power surge, these kind of appliances can become damaged. Be sure to leave to leave a light on though, so you can tell when the electricity is back on again.
Check other local buildings/offices
If you can, check the other offices in the building or nearby buildings to see if their power has gone down too. If neighbouring buildings still have electricity then there may be a fault with the wiring in your building, or a fault with your appliances. If this is the case, be sure to call an electrician and they will be able to diagnose the problem.
A call to 105 and you will be put through to your local electricity network operator. 105 is a free services available to anyone in England, Scotland and Wales, and can be used to find out information relating to power cuts in the local area and when the power will be back up and running of course.
Tell Someone… or Everyone
Let others know that you are experiencing a power outage through social media or by using other communications such as your mobile phone. This will help to ensure potential customers aren’t left in the dark… just like you.
Make sure you have Backup Power
In the event that your power goes down, it’s a wise idea to have a backup generator to resume normal service. Your backup generator should start automatically in the event of a power outage, minimising losses across the company where possible.
Regularly check that your backup generator has plenty of fuel. This will help to avoid a situation where you have no electricity and no backup generator, which can potentially be embarrassing if you run a business that involves dealing with customers/clients on a day-to-day basis.
BE PREPARED FOR A POWER CUT!
If your power goes down you need to be prepared. Learn the processes (as we have outlined above) and make the effort to get your hands on a backup generator, if you don’t already have one. This way, if you experience a power outage, you can keep your workplace running smoothly, as if nothing had happened at all.