Own a Construction Firm? Here’s How You Can Save Some Cash

If you’re a new construction firm then it can be difficult to make ends meet. You haven’t yet managed to build up a trusting clientele and therefore have to offer very competitive prices that don’t leave a whole lot of margin for profit. If you’re not careful then this can end up leaving you with very little money to continue your business, but thanks to these tips you’ll have lots more cash to play with:

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The Biggest Blackouts of Recent Times

Electricity is a funny thing. We rely on it so frequently without realising just how dependent we are. Blackouts can massively change this perception:

You never realise just how much you rely on electricity until it gets savagely ripped away from you. Some blackouts only last a couple of seconds, while others can last for hours, days and even weeks. Many of the biggest blackouts are enough to force you to go out and buy a new generator as a precaution – here are the stories that you’ll remember if you were there and be grateful if you weren’t:

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England, December 25th 2013

Possibly the worst Christmas ever for thousands of homes across England, with record breaking flooding ruining houses and leaving people without power for Christmas Day. A total of 24,000 properties in the South and South East were still without power up to three days later! Stories in the news showed many families enjoying their Christmas dinner by candlelight and using barbeques to cook their turkeys. But the reality showed that thousands more were flooded out of their homes and left stranded in areas without power.

India, July 31st 2012

Dubbed as the world’s biggest blackout, over 600 million people in India were left without power after a blackout hit half the country. The collapse of a major power grid grounded planes, stopped trains and forced hospitals to rely on backup generators for two days until the problem was fixed. Families were also left without the vital power they need to light their homes, refrigerate food or keep the air conditioning working – a huge problem when living in this warm climate.

Chile, March 14th 2010

Around 15 million people, 90% of Chile’s population, were cut off from power when a key transformer failed. This caused huge traffic issues, as traffic lights were not working and caused wide spread chaos due to the extent of the blackout. Luckily the majority of the country got power back within a few hours, with the rest being back up the following day.

Tokyo, 14th August 2006

Tokyo is a city founded on technology, so you can imagine just how much chaos there was when 1.4 million people were left without power. The incident occurred when a floating crane snapped a transmission line across the Edo River and caused chaos in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. The majority of power was restored within an hour, with the full grid back up in just four hours and 42 minutes – very efficient!

Northeast America, August 14th 2003

In the middle of the afternoon, the majority of the North-eastern and Midwestern United States and Ontario was plunged into darkness after a software bug in the energy plant cause the system to become overloaded. This overload played havoc with the electric grid, seeing New York City, Toronto, New Jersey, Detroit, Cleveland and many more without any source of power. Some places got electricity back by 11pm the same day, while others didn’t come back online until two days later.

Power cuts can happen anywhere, at any time (although August 14th looks to be a favourite) so it always pays to be prepared. You can buy used generators at a low cost which can be the difference between sitting around in darkness and carrying on as usual if a blackout occurs.

Top 3 Safety Tips when running a portable generator

When it comes to learning how to use a generator, safety is key, especially since incorrect usage is often fatal.

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So here are 3 things you need to know:

They call it the silent killer.

Carbon monoxide

Odourless and colourless, carbon monoxide poisoning is just one of several ways that your handy-dandy portable generator can kill you…if you use it incorrectly.

Other ways include electrocution, fires and burns.

And yet, despite all these potential deadly risks, when you really need electricity a portable generator is extremely useful.

So to help you get started safely, here are the top 3 safety tips for how to use a generator safely.

Safety Tip #1: Never use a portable generator inside. Don’t use it inside a home, garage, crawlspace, shed or other enclosed area. Keep your portable generator outside and far from doors, windows and vents.

Safety Tip #2: Never plug your portable generator into a wall outlet. This creates an effect known as “backfeeding” which is extremely dangerous and presents a huge risk of electrocution.

Safety Tip #3: Keep the generator dry. And if your hands are wet, make sure you dry them before touching the generator.

There are many others of course such as having CO detectors in the house or turning off the generator and letting it cool down before refueling it. And all of these should be outlined in the manufacturer’s instructions that came with the generator. Make sure you follow these instructions to the letter.

But if nothing else, make sure you follow the top 3 tips outlined above:

  • • Never use a portable generator inside
  • • Never plug your portable generator into a wall outlet.
  • • Keep the generator dry

Follow these rules and your portable generator will be your new best friend…instead of your most deadly enemy.