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Though it’s predicted this coming winter will be more tolerable than last year’s record-breaking cold and stormy season, the National Weather Service is still anticipating colder than average temperatures in January and February. While significant snow or ice storms are well-known causes of power outages, Atlas Oil understands that the stresses and strains of cold alone can be a major source of inefficiency and power interruptions. Therefore, having a cold weather preparedness plan in place is vital in keeping your operations moving.

 

Here are a variety of cold weather preparedness actions our team advises that all business leaders need to consider in order to avoid outages and minimize downtime of your operations:
  • Select a reliable, high-quality, emergency generator and make sure to have post-installation maintenance.
  • Use an uninterrupted power supply to bridge the gap between the moment the power supply is interrupted and when the generators kick on.
  • Develop a detailed and comprehensive plan on how to respond in the event of an outage or other emergency.
  • Make sure to choose a trusted and reliable fuel source.
  • Have a diligent training program, including an employee assessment/evaluation component.
  • Use vigilant monitoring to help assess cold-weather specific fueling challenges.
  • Work with a fuel partner who offers a full suite of cold weather additives to preserve and enhance the quality of both generator and fleet fuel supplies.

In light of the demands that cold weather can place on the power grid—and the interruptions and outages that can result when those demands exceed the system’s capacity—taking basic precautions and instilling a cold weather preparedness plan to avoid outages and minimize downtime is an especially important winter priority. To learn more, download our newest white paper.