Power outages are no joke, especially for those in the restaurant industry. According to the Food and Drug Administration, it only takes two hours for refrigerated food to spoil at room temperature, which can be a disastrous financial setback for your kitchen.
What's more, energy news organization Inside Energy reported that the U.S. saw an increase in power loss incidents between 2000 and 2014, further exacerbating the issue and showing that restaurateurs need to take action.
To that end, what can you do to avoid an outage in your establishment?
"Running a kitchen requires a lot of appliances."
1. Don't overload your outlets
Running a kitchen requires a lot of appliances, and these gadgets need to be plugged in somewhere. Depending on your restaurant's layout, this might mean that a single outlet handles a huge chunk of your valuable equipment.
Of course, if you strain an outlet with multiple machines that demand a lot of electricity, you're going to run into some power problems. It could be as widespread as a full power outage, or it could be an incident with that singular outlet. However, it's best to spread out your appliances as much as possible. If that's not an option, you may need to hire an electrician to install more plugin choices.
2. Trim those trees
While a proper landscape is an invaluable part of any restaurant's aesthetic, it's important to remember that trees aren't harmless. In fact, all it takes is a single storm to send a huge branch through a power line or even into your establishment. Trimming up the trees near your building could save you from an outage and maybe even some broken windows.
3. Invest in a UPS unit
Of course, predicting exactly what might happen to your restaurant is impossible. There are simply too many variables at play here, and the fact of the matter is that you might end up in a situation where the main power supply is cut off from your business.
Therefore, it's imperative that you purchase an uniterruptible power supply system to ensure the continued function of your kitchen. A UPS unit acts as a backup battery, powering the electronically powered devices in your establishment until the regular supply is turned back on.
That said, choosing the right UPS device is going to require you to work with an experienced partner. Thankfully, our power experts are here to help. ECS has years of experience assisting businesses with their power quality needs, and we understand what it takes to ensure uptime. Contact us today and put your mind at ease.