It is common knowledge that power outages occur when a natural disaster or other such incident takes place. The power can be out for several days or even weeks in some extreme cases, and the last thing anyone wants is rampant crime and taking over a city.
Fortunately, having an emergency generator as a backup can alleviate many of the problems associated with a dire situation. Having an emergency generator handy can save lives prevent the loss of pertinent data, as well as ensure communication lines remain open. Below, we will break down the benefits of having an emergency generator for security purposes.
Many portable generators are purchased by homeowners, as they are relatively lightweight, compact, and can be used to supply power, albeit temporarily, to a necessary few lights and appliances around the house.
Commercial generators tend to be far bigger and more powerful. They are often used to allow business operations to continue as intended in offices, by emergency response companies, water treatment plants, telecommunications networks, hospitals, and other associated critical infrastructure entities. Failure to do so may literally be the difference between life and death. In addition, you may require a municipal or provincial permit in order to purchase and use a generator, so please inquire before you decide to purchase one.
Locating Your Emergency Generator
In order for an emergency generator to be valuable, it needs to be installed in a location that is safe — away from fires, earthquakes, and floods. It is not recommended that you place your generator in the basement or on the roof of your home or facility, as bad weather tends to affect those areas first. In the event of a prolonged issue, hospital administrators need to consult with local and provincial municipalities and other hospitals to determine what mandatory services can be provided and for how long.
Multiple Generators to the Rescue
Hospitals, perhaps more so than any other facility, tend to require multiple generators because of the people and extra technology they are responsible for. Paralleling switchgear is a must so that the hospital’s sequence of operations is maintained. ‘Switchgears’ are combinations of fuses and breakers that control a power supply from one or several generators. These allow a hospital to control its power supply for its existing load while also ensuring they have sufficient power to cover potential emergencies.
Advances in Generator Technology
Most modern emergency generators have the ability to report and record generator operations. In addition, in order to augment capacity and redundancy, most contemporary generators can also parallel with other generators, reducing the need for switchgears, which can cost upwards of $100,000. The enhanced control and monitoring features of the most state of the art generators on the market have allowed controllers to perform more with them as well as better comprehend their intricate features.
Advances in technology fuels demand for further innovation, with many companies asking for natural gas units for cogeneration as well as load management. Such a solution leverages the waste heat from the generator to heat the rest of the facility.
Automation is the Future
Automated systems will soon become the gold standard, as engineers work around the clock to improve these life-saving apparatus. Generators will become even more efficient, user-friendly, and reliable in the not too distant future, while also producing fewer noxious emissions, reducing their carbon footprint. Innovations in remote monitoring will also allow technicians to respond in a more timely fashion to any equipment problems and provide maintenance based on the actual use of the apparatus.
Other Benefits of Having a Backup Generator
Losing power can not only take away your sense of security and well-being but also your sense of comfort. Imagine not having heat during a winter storm, or having to deal with sweltering heat and no air conditioning during a heat wave. You wouldn’t be able to cook any food and would have to deal with substandard lighting, assuming you prepared ahead and bought a sufficient amount of candles and flashlights with fully powered batteries. Then there is your food, as spoilage will quickly take over if you are not able to restore power to your refrigerator as soon as possible.
In fact, having a residential emergency generator can reduce your insurance rate. This is because most insurance companies know that a home with a backup generator ensures enhanced security, as burglars will be less likely to rob a home with backup power. As an added benefit, a backup generator will automatically activate in the event of a power outage, so if you are not home, prospective burglars won’t be able to tell in most cases.
An emergency generator is a crucial piece of equipment during a natural disaster or similar emergency. They must be equipped to handle any situation and must provide life-supporting loads within ten seconds at a hospital. Fortunately, recent advances in emergency generator technology allow these life-saving devices to provide 24/7 emergency auxiliary power until the main power is restored.
If you are interested in purchasing an emergency generator for security purposes then you can choose from either a portable generator, which is more affordable but also more limited in its utility, or a whole-house generator, which is more expensive but will provide power throughout your home.
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