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Emergency Power Plan

November 20, 2016

Power outages are never good. They can grind entire communities to a stop and result in major financial losses for your project or business. Fixing them is a lengthy process and involves a lot of manual hours. Is your building, project or community prepared to handle an emergency? If not, now is the time to take important steps necessary to prepare for future power outages this winter.

Mike Kuzminski, the Business development manager at Finning Power, said diesel-powered generators provide the most reliable form of emergency backup power.

Whether you plan to own a generator or rent one on temporary basis there are some steps you have to follow so you don’t get left in the DARK!

To help businesses, communities and individuals protect critical electrical loads during power outages; Finning Power has outlined several ways to ensure backup power is available in a crisis:

  • Determine the load – Identifying your electrical loads should be your first step. Assign a cost to the risks associated with power interruptions, production losses, and downtime. The quickest, easiest and most accurate way to do this is to take ammeter readings of your electrical distribution boxes.
  • Install a standby Generator – Frequent power outages can often disrupt production lines and have significant cost implications to businesses. While other generator drivers take up to two minutes to engage, diesel-powered generators are uniquely qualified to provide power quickly during a power outage and offer the most cost-effective source of reliable backup power available.
  • Have sufficient fuel storage - Make sure that you have enough fuel storage capacity on-site for an extended outage of several days. On average the fuel tank on a generator has enough room to work for 6 to 8 hours at a time. On the larger, commercial generators, it may be necessary for you to install an external tank for fuel.
  • Proper set-up – One of the lessons we learned from snow storms was that even the best generators won’t work under extreme weathers and when subjected to heavy snow. Is your unit properly located? Is your fuel source also located in a protected area? Also, check the connections and make sure you have proper cables for electrical load distance.
  • Periodic equipment maintenance - As required by electrical and safety codes, standby generators should be checked periodically to ensure they will operate as designed in the event of an emergency. If not checked you run the risk of your generator not starting and/or causing major damages to expensive equipment.
  • Re-check Load – Have you added any new computers, machines that require additional power? If yes, then consider re-evaluating the size of your generator set.
  • Finally – Abide by the rules, if you are a business then make sure you have the proper permits and records on operations.

Finning offers the expertise and equipment to meet the temporary power needs of facilities of virtually any size. The staff of Finning Power is trained to determine your exact power requirements and to recommend appropriate generator sets and auxiliary equipment. Professional assistance is offered before generator sets are installed and throughout the rental period. Scheduled maintenance and emergency service are standard.

Additionally, Finning makes renting generator sets and related equipment easy when you call the 1-855-999-6751 Hotline.