July 24, 2012

Emergencies happen all of the time. It’s not a matter of if they are going to occur, but rather when. As a facilities/property manager, it’s your responsibility to ensure that everything will work properly when it matters most. That’s why it’s critical that any backup power generation system that you have in place works when it’s needed.


Too often we tend to become relaxed when it comes to backup generator systems. Just being there seems to be enough for some facilities managers. They buy into a company, have the system set up, and assume that when the time comes, it’s going to operate efficiently the way that it was meant to.

Yet that’s not always the case and let us tell you why.  In any economy, companies are looking to save money. They will do this through a variety of methods and means, including cutting salaries and more importantly, external expenses. Too many business managers tend to assume that their backup generator system is a luxury and something that they don’t need to truly invest in.  The companies that do invest in  backup generators, barely put any thought to the servicing of those generators to ensure that it will work when it is needed.

That is the biggest mistake that they can make.  In reality, your backup generator will become the lifeblood of your facility, business, and of any other businesses that rely on it when the time comes to rely on it.


Yet, no matter where you live in the world, most facilities managers don’t plan for those emergency situations where the main power supply is cut off. Sure, they may deal with some harsh winter months and expect a few hours of power loss here and there but they tend to assume that having any system is better than none.

The problem with this philosophy is that you really do get what you pay for. From the quality of the generator to the support and service that you’ll receive, especially when you need it most, is what truly matters. There are a number of people who are counting on your backup generator, even if you don’t realize it at the moment.

You may lose power for a few minutes, a few hours, or even a few days. Just this past year, the Northeast United States was hit by a rare hurricane in September that knocked out power for more than a week in some places, then a freakish early winter storm in late October that did the same.

Many businesses didn’t survive these events, not because they didn’t have backup systems in place, but because they chose the cheapest service provider and the systems didn’t operate the way they were expected to.

When it’s your responsibility to make a system work, don’t take chances. Get it done right with a reliable company that is there when you need them.  Make the right investment so you can rest assured knowing that everything is going to operate smoothly when the main power supply is cut off.