As a 24/7 commercial electrician in South Carolina, we get all types of calls for service. One of the most critical reasons we’re called to a business is for a power outage. These outages can happen for many reasons. Some are out of our control, like downed power lines from an auto accident or a severe storm. Some we can help with, such as those that stem from a problem in your building’s electrical system. But regardless of why the power goes out, you need to make sure you’re prepared. Here are some ways for you to make sure you’re ready if you lose electricity at your business.

Your company probably relies on computers and other electronic systems. In the event of a power outage, there could be an electrical surge when the electricity drops out or when it tries to come back on. This could cause your systems to crash or to blow out altogether. Lower your risk by plugging critical systems into surge protectors or uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) with a battery backup.

On a related note, make sure your employees save important documents when the power comes back on. Any time the power goes out, it will often come on and off several times while it is being restored. These blips can cause you to lose important work if things aren’t backed up.

There are some other practical preparations you should make. You should have emergency lights installed as required by your local building codes. Check the bulbs periodically to make sure everything’s working as it should. Keep flashlights and extra batteries in stock, too.

When you’re having unexplained issues with the electrical systems at your business, call a commercial electrician from Polk Electric. Our Rock Hill, SC electric service has helped clients with their needs since 1990. Let us keep your business up and running!