Cold Snaps Will Put Pressure on Homes and Businesses
The freezing temperatures in early December were just a taste of what is to come throughout early 2018. Are you prepared?
Anyone thinking that with the festive season behind us, we can now start preparing for spring will face a rude awakening, according to the latest from the Met Office. The UK is likely to face more freezing conditions as we go into February, but these will be preceded by high winds, particularly in coastal regions.
The combination spells a high probability of disruption on the roads, potential flooding and almost certain power outages for homes and businesses. We have seen the devastation caused by severe winter weather in the USA this year, but in the UK, we have a habit of being taken by surprise. Ensuring heating systems are operating reliably and having a backup power generator in place are simple measures that we should all be considering.
Growing reliance on electricity
In years gone by, power failures were common during severe weather, and were something that we put up with – but the truth is, we were less reliant on electricity back then. Those of a certain age can probably remember lighting the candles or oil lamps, sitting around the open fire and listening to the battery powered radio. There was a fun sense of adventure to it all.
These days, fewer houses than ever have alternative heat sources that are not reliant on electricity – and how many of us still have candles and oil lamps tucked away for backup lighting?
Even more critical, however, we typically have hundreds of pounds worth of food stored up in the freezer, and if the power is off for any length of time, it will start to defrost.
There is also the question of connectivity. At first glance, you might heave a quiet sigh of relief at the family being unable to go online due to the router being powered off. But for the millions of home workers and freelancers, no power means no income, missed deadlines and financial problems that can have major repercussions.
The cost to businesses
For commercial premises, the implications of power outages can be even more severe. For one thing, workers cannot be expected to sit in an office that is freezing cold. For another, the issue of connectivity again comes to fore, and there is probably very little they would even be able to do if there is no power. And this assumes that people are actually able to get into the office in the first place – modern electronic security systems need power to operate, and you can easily find yourself locked out of your own office.
Get a backup in place
A backup power generator provides peace of mind to homes and businesses, and essentially means you can carry on as normal, whatever surprises the British weather might have up its sleeve.
Some people choose to buy, but by hiring a unit from a reputable supplier, you can be sure it is always in tip top condition and ready to be called into action when you need it most.