A power outage in a restaurant is no small inconvenience. Damage to equipment, food supplies and sales can be significant, especially if you aren’t prepared ahead of time. There are certain steps you can take in order to minimize losses and keep patrons satisfied.
Invest in a backup generator
Waiting for the power to come back on or for a utilities representative to provide assistance can be too long a wait. Protecting your business with a backup power generator is a great way to ensure you don’t lose time and money when regular power systems fail.
Know your circuit breaker
Train several employees and managers to be well-versed with operating the circuit breaker in case your power outage is the result of a tripped switch. Fixing the issue yourself is faster and more affordable than outsourcing the help.
Have supplies for food preservation
Perishable foods can spoil quickly during a power outage. Make sure you have easy access to extra ice to help keep food cold when the power goes out. Keep extra food thermometers on hand to monitor temperatures and have a supply of flashlights for navigating dark rooms and coolers.
Backup your data
Your computers and registers will likely go out with the power. Having backup copies of reservations with phone numbers and weekly staff schedules can be helpful for reference.
Establish a relationship with your utility provider
Sometimes the only solution to solving your power outage is getting in contact with your utility provider. Establish a relationship with your utility contacts before the event of a power outage and develop an action plan for your restaurant to follow before help arrives.
Reviewing these tips, do you believe your restaurant is ready for a power outage? If not, you may want to consider acquiring emergency supplies to prepare. Tiger Leasing offers a variety of leasing programs to help finance any power outage supply upgrades. Contact us today for more information.