Bulletin 210 September 2016 Reliable Back-Up Power Systems
- Posted at: September 25, 2021 03:34:30

Duringtherecenthotweatherspells,reportsstreamedfromvariouspartsof theprovinceregardingpower outageswherebythousandsofcustomersweresuddenlyfacedwithnoelectricity.Formost,havingnoelectricity turned their world into total upheaval as they began their long hot wait till the power was restored. Some who livedandworkedinbuildinghigh-risessuddenlyfoundthemselvesstuckinelevators,whileothersmaneuvered theirwayaroundthedarkenedhallwaysandstairwellsasaresultofthebuildingbackuppowersystemfailing. Some senior residences and care facilities were not immune to this critical situation and the potential life-threateningeffects ontheiroccupants,especiallythosewithdebilitatingillnesses.Duringsuchevents, buildingoperatorsareconfrontedwithanyshortcomingspertainingtobuildingbackuppowersystems,including neglectedmaintenance,missedinspections,andmostimportantlyinadequatefueltanksupplies.Withoutquestion,electricpowerisrelieduponbybusinessandthewidersocietyalike.Reliableback-uppower systems suchgeneratorsareanintegralpartofsupportforeachbuilding’sfireandlifesafetysystems.Thesesystems mustbecapableofoperatingundersupervisorypowertoensurealloccupantsareabletoevacuate safelyduringanemergency.Thetypesofgeneratorsineachbuildingmayvarybut,forthemostpart,intheevent thatpowerisinterrupted,theysupplyelectricitytoemergencylightingandexitfixtures, sprinklerfirepumps, elevatorsandfirealarmcontrolpanels. Thisindependentsourceofbackuppowernormallyswitches automaticallytotakeovershouldthebuildingbecutofffromthemainpowersupplygrid.

Powergeneratorshavebecomeanessentialpieceofequipmentfor businesses,andcontinuetobeinstalled withincorporateoffice facilities,manufacturingplantsandcommunicationcentresto ensureoccupantsafety. Businessoperatorshavecometounderstandhowgeneratorsassistinminimizinglostrevenuesandhelpreduce thelossof productivityduringapoweroutage.High-riseapartmentandcondominiumoperatorscontinueto monitortheirpresentbackuppowersystems,andtoevaluateadvancementsinthesupportavailableforbuilding heatingunitswhenextendedpoweroutagesoccur.Itiscriticaltoperforminspectionandmaintenanceproceduresrequiredfor thebackuppowersystemsandthe equipmentwhichtheymustsupportduringanelectricityoutage.Eachapprovedfiresafety planoutlinesthe requirementsfor maintainingthefunctionalityandoperabilitynotonlyofthebuildinggenerator,butalsothe portableemergencylightingunits,exitfixtures,andfireandlifesafetysystemsinthebuilding.

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