A reliable source of power is critical to the operation of many businesses. This is especially important for the operation of grocery stores, as power is essential to keeping refrigeration units running and food within a safe storage temperature. An interruption in power for only a few hours can spoil certain food items and result in thousands of dollars in losses. The installation of a backup generator can reduce the chance of food spoilage losses and keep your business operating during a loss of power.

A backup generator acts as a backup power source in the event of an interruption in the main power supply and can be programmed to come on automatically when power from the main source has been lost. For a grocery store, this allows the continued operation of refrigeration units ensuring that food remains at a safe temperature until the main power source can be repaired.


Choosing A Backup Generator

When choosing a backup generator for your property it is important to consider the power needs of your business. Generators can vary based on size or fuel type and provide a different amount of power output. It is important to choose a generator that will be able to provide enough power to cover the power load required from your equipment. At minimum, your generator backup should be able to power refrigeration units in order to prevent food spoilage. Many companies now also offer backup generators on a rental basis rather than having to purchase the unit. Talk to a qualified contractor to determine your power needs and the size of generator required.


Generator Maintenance

In addition to a generator backup, a preventative maintenance contract with a qualified contractor should be in place. This will ensure that maintenance work is performed regularly on the equipment, reducing the likelihood of failure. Generator backup systems should have at least two preventative maintenance checks performed per year. Some of the procedures performed during preventative maintenance include:

  • Load bank testing
  • Confidence testing
  • Fluid analysis and monitoring patterns.

For more information on backup generators or to learn how you can save on your premiums by having a backup generator at your store, contact one of our Commercial Insurance Advisors.


This blog is provided for information only and is not a substitute for professional advice. Western Financial Group Insurance Solutions, as the authors or contributors, do not accept liability or responsibility for any loss arising out of reliance on this information.

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